If Nathan Were Here by Mary Bahr

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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.
 

About Mary Bahr

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Bahr, who describes herself as "a librarian by profession and an author by addiction," has won numerous awards for her writing. Karen Jerome is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City. In 1994, five of Karens illustrations were accepted into the International Childrens Book Fair in Bologna, Italy and were later exhibited in several museums in Japan. Karen has also exhibited in the 1996 Open Annual Juried Show at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the 1998 New England Watercolor Society Annual Juried Show. Karen has illustrated more than twenty books for young readers, including Just Add One Chinese Sister (Boyds Mills). She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
 
Published May 8, 2000 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 32 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Best read in the company of a supportive adult, this affecting story is a solid choice for children mourning the loss of a peer. The narrator, an unnamed boy, begins with a lengthy description of what

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The narrator, an unnamed boy, begins with a lengthy description of what his morning would be like ""if Nathan were here."" Midway through the book, the boy acknowledges, ""But Nathan isn't here."" Instead, the boy's teacher is explaining how the class can fill a ""memory box"" with ""all the best...

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