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. Volume XII Number 4 . . . .October 14, 2005
In Toby's Very Important Question, Jean Lemieux tells the story of eight-year old Toby and what he learns when sorrow comes to his house. After his aunt is killed in a car accident on Christmas night, Toby finds himself experiencing new emotions and asking questions that nobody seems to be able to answer.
The family travels to Toby's grandparents's home along with other family members, including Toby's cousin Eloise and his aunt Melanie who plays the cello. They attend a viewing of his aunt's body, and Toby continues to struggle with his emotions, which he says begin to feel like a planet in his stomach. Through conversations with his relatives, Toby begins to understand that there are no answers to some of the questions he is asking, and he begins to accept his aunt's death.
Jean Lemieux tells Toby's story with great sensitivity and care. He leads children through the emotions Toby experiences in this situation from fear, anger, and helplessness through to acceptance. Sophie Casson's black and white drawings illustrate the emotions Toby experiences and the comfort he takes in his family. Toby's Very Important Question is an excellent book to introduce children to the emotions they might experience and the questions that they might ask in the face of the death of a loved one.
Lisa O'Hara is a mother of three and a librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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