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The Day Poppa Turned into a Star

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Aidan and Poppa spend hours and hours playing together and going on adventures together. Then, unexpectedly, Poppa gets very poorly. Join us on Aidan's sad and moving journey throughout this difficult time, how Aidan wades through a variety of different emotions and situations before finally realising that Poppa will always be there, just in a different way.

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9781530652747
  • ISBN: 9781530652747
  • Pub Date: 20th July 2016
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Imprint: CreateSpace
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 0

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10th September '16
I read it to Eric aged 6 aged 6 & to Nutmeg aged 3 aged 3
The Day Poppa Turned into a Star 9781530652747
4 stars
I nice little story about a horrible time in a child's life,it's meant to help children grave when a loved one has passed away.if your in that situation this book is perfect.
6th September '16
I read it to Alicia aged 5 aged 5 & to Marcus aged 3 aged 3
The Day Poppa Turned into a Star 9781530652747
4 stars
My daughter has recently lost her cat and also has a grandmother who has become very old very quickly, so I thought this book would be great to prepare her a little bit for the time when she first loses a loved on. We always talked about her cat now living amongst the stars so she was quite keen on reading the book.
On first impressions I wasn't quite sure. The book is quite small and a bit flimsy and I certainly can't leave it in the room with two young children as they'd rip it to easily. However, on reading the story is lovely. It's simple and full of emotions and both my 3 and 5 year old listened intently. I personally felt that the book could have had a bit more substance, a little bit more about the life after Poppa turned into a star and how the boy coped with it, but my children seemed quite happy. And with it being such a sad topic, it might be just right to keep it short and to the point.
11th September '16
I read it to dani aged 4 aged 4
The Day Poppa Turned into a Star 9781530652747
4 stars
My daughter has already been to a couple of funerals (for great grandparents she didn't know well), the most recent being at the start of the year. She kept talking about my grandfather sleeping, and I found it tricky to explain in an age appropriate way. I'm also acutely aware that unexpected loss can happen sooner than you want, so I think it's best to prepare children for a fact of life. This story gives a nice way to help children deal with grief. They can look up at the stars and find their loved one's star to comfort them. While not accurate, it's less scary than saying they've gone away or have gone to sleep. I like that this book gives a gentle introduction to the topic that can be expanded upon when the situation arises.
I do wish the book had a bit more depth. It felt rather rushed, which takes away from the intensity of the feelings. It is a flimsy book with amateur illustrations. As an artist, it bothered me a bit. But I know it would not detract for many children. This is a good story to read aloud and talk about with your children, so long as you are prepared for the questions that will come up.
7th September '16
I read it myself (an adult)
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4 stars
The book has a slightly amateurish look about it but, that aside, it carries a powerful story.  Using simple language it deals with bereavement and would be an excellent tool for helping children express their emotions.  As a mother of a child with communication difficulties, I can see this being really useful in years to come, when Lucas experiences loss for the first time.  He needs visuals and prompts to help express his feelings and the simple style of this book will be just perfect for him.
25th September '16
I read it myself (an adult)
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3 stars
This book is like a social story, helping explain what happens when a grandparent dies and how to gain some comfort. I guess the idea is lovely but we're more a matter of fact family and I don't think my children would be able to take comfort in this; although I can see how some children might. 
20th September '16
I read it to Kikki aged 5 aged 5
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3 stars
Kikki age 5: "It was about a little boy and his daddy. It made me think about people in heaven. It's nice that they are stars, and can wake in the night and dance. It made me feel good. I liked all the colours."

Sometimes grown-up and child have differing opinions as far as the story or design and illustration of a book, however, if the child enjoys a book and it leads to discussion or thoughts to ponder, as this does, then that's always worthy of star ratings.
8th September '16
PMK read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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3 stars
When we first opened the package, we thought this was an instruction booklet but then realised it was the book itself. It is too flimsy feeling for a child's book, which is also easy to misplace. I found the illustrations flat, cold and generally awful, like a computer generated school project standard of work.  
My six year old read this story to herself with a good comprehension of what had happened to Poppa, and said she enjoyed the book. For me, it was too simplistic, with Poppa having tummy ache and then he was a star, kind of brushing over the word or subject of death. It is a good attempt at broaching the subject, but for me, Badger's Parting Gifts will always be my number one book for dealing with death and grief with young children.
19th September '16
I read it to TomatoBoy20 aged 6 aged 6
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3 stars
The boy said he didn't like this book because "it was too sad" (having lost his own grandfather last year). It is certainly not an easy read. I found it very difficult to get through the last few pages without crying so it certainly isn't one to attempt if you are very recently bereaved. It is a useful book for allowing a child to talk about relatives that have died, in a non-religious context. 
9th September '16
I read it myself (an adult)
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2 stars
I will try and write this carefully as its subject is a sensitive one.  I don't feel that this book contained sufficient depth to be of any practical use.  It definitely has potential and would be a way of opening up a conversation about death, however, I felt it was too simplistic, and could've offered more in terms of things to expect/say.  Papa has a bad stomach but said he would go to be a star in the sky, and then he was gone - that was pretty much it - I felt much more attention could have been to conversation in terms of preparation for, and helping to cope after, the death.   I didn't feel comfortable with this and didn't read it to my children which is a shame. I agree with the other reviews in that it felt like a leaflet/information booklet rather than a story.
6th September '16
Deedawg read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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2 stars
First impressions of this book were not good. The book is thin and flimsy, almost like a pamphlet you might pick up in the Doctor's surgery rather than a decent read... however the content has a lot of potential. The story is deigned to help young children understand and come to terms with the loss of a loved one. It's a sweet positive story. However i doubt we will read the book more than a couple of times largely due to the fact the visuals and layout are not at all appealing. The pictures are simplistic and overly bright. It's a shame because the concept behind the book is a good idea. 
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