When a child becomes aware of his pending death (children tend to know long before the rest of us even want to consider it), and is given the opportunity to draw his feelings, he will often draw a blue or purple balloon, released and unencumbered, on its way upward. Health-care professionals have discovered that this is true, regardless of a child's cultural or religious background and researchers believe that this is symbolic of the child's innate knowledge that a part of them will live forever. . . .
In disarmingly simple and direct language, accompanied by evocative potato print illustrations, Raschka in conjunction with Children's Hospice International (CHI), creates a moving, sensitive book that is also a phenomenally useful tool to talk about death. The message of the book is clear: talking about dying is hard, dying is harder, but there are many people in your life who can help.
Children's Hospice International (CHI), a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, is paving the way for the establishment of children's hospice and related services worldwide.
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Using a metaphor almost universally found in the art of dying children, an image of a purple balloon floating free, this deceptively simple and beautifully direct narrative introduces first the passing of an older balloon and then—“There is only one thing harder to talk about than an old person d...| Read Full Review of The Purple Balloon
Created in conjunction with Children’s Hospice International, The Purple Balloon by Chris Raschka offers a way for parents, families, friends, and hospital workers to broach how to explain death to a child.Aug 17 2012 | Read Full Review of The Purple Balloon
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