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Wonderfully illustrated with beautiful water colors, If Nathan Were Here tells the story of a boy grieving his best friend. The story takes you through all of the fun things that these friends would do together every day, but cannot any longer because Nathan is gone. Despite the sad mood, the story is hopeful. This book is a helpful guide in explaining to children about the death of a young friend or family member.
If Nathan were here, we would meet in our tree fort. . . we would take the shortcut through the woods. . . we would try to splash each other in the puddles. . .
In If Nathan Were Here, author Mary Bahr gently explores the grief of a young boy whose best friend has died. With the help of an understanding teacher, a kind neighbor, and an empathetic parent, the boy finds ways to give expression to his questions and sorrow and to reach out to someone else who needs him.
Mary Bahr's evocative text conveys a child's grief with honesty and sensitivity, while Karen Jerome's soft watercolors poignantly capture the tender nature of children's friendships.
Mary Bahr (1946-2014), who described herself as a librarianby profession and an author by addiction, graduated with aBachelors of Science degree in Library Science from theCollege of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She wonnumerous awards for her writing, which includes over 125stories and articles for both juvenile and adult publicationsas well as inspirational pieces published in five anthologies.Her picture book Memory Box (Albert Whitman)received multiple honors for its sensitive portrayal of a childdealing with a grandparent's Alzheimer's disease. In additionto writing, Mary led writing workshops, served as the SCBWIretreat Director for the Rocky Mountain Region, andreviewed children's books for The Five Owls.