Jasper's Day

Marjorie Blain Parker
Janet Wilson

Today Riley's family is celebrating Jasper's Day. Everything they do will be in honor of Jasper --- sort of like a birthday. But it isn't Jasper's birthday. The old dog's cancer has gotten really bad. Riley knows they can't let him suffer any longer, but letting go will be the hardest thing he's ever had to do.

Marjorie Blain Parker's tender story is filled with smiles, tears and the joy of special memories, and Janet Wilson's gentle pastels capture the depth of love shared by a boy and his dog. Together, they speak of acceptance, remembrance and the importance of cherishing life's every moment.

978-1-55337-764-1 | Aug 1, 2004
List Price: USD $8.95, CAD $8.95
4-color 9 x 10 32 pages
Grades: K To 4 / Ages: 5 to 9

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Awards & Reviews

“Although the story's theme is a painful one, this thoughtful effort will be of great help to families getting ready to face a similar situation.”
— Kirkus Reviews, September 2002
“An excellent story for a child that is dealing with the loss of a pet. Recommended.”
— Library Media Connection, March 2003
2004 - International Book Award, The Society of School Librarians International, Commended
2004 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2003 - KIND Children's Book Award, he National Association for Humane and Environmental Education, Winner
2003 - Mr. Christie Children's Book Award, Winner
2003 - Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2002 - Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, ASPCA, Winner

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