Kate the Ghost Dog Book Review – Coping with the Death of a Pet – Author Wayne L. Wilson
In Kate the Ghost Dog: Coping with the Death of a Pet, Wayne L. Wilson delicately weaves the threads of family support into a fabric of love and understanding to help a young girl deal with the loss of her beloved pet.
What is noticeably evident is the way the book deals with the maturing feelings of a young girl becoming a young adult. Every child feels isolated at times, and when some disappointment occurs, the need to reach out to other family members is weighed against the desire to be left alone to deal with personal loss. It is the breaking down of the personal barrier and the opening of the young girl’s feelings with the loving support of a functional family that is the most enjoyable and well-achieved in Wilson’s writings. The book, by design, shows others how to open up to the loving support of their family and is a model for all types of loss, whether it’s a pet or even a family member.
Beautifully illustrated by Soud, the book is gilded with just the right amount of imagery. It’s not too much to make it a superb picture book and done with a style that includes little touches and accents in the font style. The book is a feast for the eyes and an easy and quick read. It definitely made me think about the loss I had with a pet a while back and it gives an inspirational message.
I recommend this for all family libraries and elementary schools. This book can be a gift to people who have recently lost a pet, or to those who currently love a pet, allowing them to appreciate the days they spent together. This shows that the love of the pet stays with the person forever.
Title: Kate the Ghost Dog: Coping with the Death of a Pet
Author: Wayne L. Wilson
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