A picture story book about bereavement to support young children, specifically those who have lost a parent. The waterholes of the African Savannah have dried up and there has not been enough to drink for some of the animals. Ekundayo, a young elephant, struggles to understand the loss of his mother, but the support of his family help and guide him through. Carefully researched about the stages of grief for young children, Sarah J Dodd sensitively portrays this in the response and actions of Ekundayo to help children express and share how they are feeling with those around them. Ekundayo's aunt and father provide words of understanding, reassurance and comfort, and the message that the love of Ekundayo's mother shines on, telling of a greater Love that may not see but never goes away and is everywhere. At the end, Debbie Duncan also provides helpful advice for parents and carers as consider how to talk about death and dying with young children.
Sarah J. Dodd has always had an interest in creative writing. After careers in both science and teaching, Sarah took up writing when she became a full-time mum. Her books include Bedtime and Christmas Stories and Bible Stories for Little Angels. Giusi Capizzi studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania and has completed many illustration courses for childMore about Sarah J. Dodd
Glenys Nellist was born and raised in a little village in northern England. Her stories and poems have been published in children's magazines where her writing reflects a deep passion for bringing the Bible to life for young children. Glenys lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, David.
Cee Biscoe has been illustrating picture books full-time