Remembering is an achingly beautiful, profoundly moving ode to the loss of a beloved pet. The young girl in the story is deeply saddened by the loss of her “constant companion”–a dog she clearly shared many days and experiences with, both good and bad. Her grief is palpable on her face, with the amazing illustrations reflecting her heartbreak and longing.
She and her family don’t turn away from the grief, but find a way to transform it into a place of beautiful remembrance. We see the lovely customs of [Día de Muertos] unfold as the girl and her family create an ofrenda–an offering spot made with favorite food, toys, and other items related to their pet. In this way they honor, celebrate, and remember, with hearts full of love and gratitude.
This book is a gift. It will touch your heart with its poignant illustrations and message of love in the midst of loss.
–Val, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA