Ghost Wings by Barbara M. Joosse

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Set in Mexico amidst the monarch butterflies' annual migration and during the Days of the Dead, Ghost Wings, written by Barbara M. Joosse, author of the best-selling Mama, Do You Love Me?, and illustrated with the luminescent artwork of Giselle Potter, is the touching story of a little girl whose very best friend is her grandmother. But one spring, Grandmother becomes thin as smoke. When she dies, Papa says, "When you love someone they never really leave." But to the little girl, Grandmother seems impossibly far away. Who will sing to her? Who will chase the monsters from under her bed? Then, during the Days of the Dead, something extraordinary happens that brings Papa's words vividly to life. Ideal for one-on-one sharing as well as a group discussion, Ghost Wings' poignant message of the endurance of love and the power of memory is sure to linger long after the book is closed. A discussion guide is included.
 

About Barbara M. Joosse

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Barbara Joosse is a full-time writer and mother. She lives with her family in a little stone house in Wisconsin. Ms. Joosse has a degree in journalism, but for the past 19 years she has devoted her time and talents to writing nearly twenty books for childrR. Gregory Christie is the award-winning illustrator of The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children, Richard Wright and the Library Card, and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth, which was on the New York Public Library's list
 
Published March 1, 2001 by Chronicle Books. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This third hilarious Wild Willie Mystery (Wild Willie and King Kyle Detectives, 1993;

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Joosse’s (Alien Brain Fryout, 2000, etc.) sensitive tale of love, loss, and remembrance is set in a small Mexican town and intertwined with the lifecycle of monarch butterflies.

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One spring, when Grandmother is too thin and tired to make tortillas, she takes the girl to the forest to say goodbye to the butterflies and shows her how to feel one on her arm even after it's flown away.

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Later, during the Days of the Dead, the annual celebration honoring those who have died, the girl and her family visit her grandmother's grave.

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