Granny Left Me a Rocket Ship (Hardcover)
From award-winning author Heather Smith, a heartwarming, moving story about loss - and remembering.
When Granny dies, a young child and their family have a hole in their hearts. They find it helps them fill it to remember her through the things she left behind. To the father, she left a tuba, and to the mother, a locket. To the sister, she left a microscope, and to the brother, a record collection. To the main character, though, Granny left something different: a world of adventure, that they visit with their memories. Through imaginative play with items that belonged to Granny, the child travels near and far. And Granny is right beside them, along for the ride.
Using spare prose, award-winning author Heather Smith’s beautiful story about loss, grief and memories presents an honest yet optimistic view of how to joyfully remember loved ones after they’re gone. Ashley Barron’s layered cut-paper collage illustrations bring fun to the story, while colorfully capturing the feel of a child’s imagination in flight. This book provides a gentle, thoughtful entryway into a conversation with children - or adults - about losing a loved one, and how to hold them close. It’s a wonderful resource for focusing on social-emotional learning, and an excellent representation for a character education lesson on resilience.
About the Author
Heather Smith is the author of many critically acclaimed children's books, including The Agony of Bun O'Keefe and The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden. Her middle-grade novel in verse, Ebb & Flow, won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award. Originally from Newfoundland, Heather now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her East Coast roots inspire much of her writing.
Ashley Barron is an author and illustrator who specializes in cut-paper collage. Her books include My Forest Is Green, My Ocean Is Blue and My City Speaks, as well as her authorial debut, Love You Head to Toe. Ashley lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her partner and their three cats.
Heartbreaking---but uplifting.—Kirkus Reviews (praise for Ebb and Flow)
... a wonderful resource to start a conversation about grief and the importance of preserving our memories of deceased loved ones.—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
This reassuring approach to loss and healing offers an ideal conversation starter about keeping memories alive and the everlasting connections with those we love.—Quill & Quire
... a powerful and poetic story of emotional endurance.—School Library Journal, starred review (praise for Ebb and Flow)
... one of the year's best books.—Quill & Quire, starred review (praise for Ebb and Flow)