Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved, Charlotte Pardi (Illustrations), Robert Moulthrop (Translation)

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Enchanted Lion Books
Source: Library

  1. Story time! As a child growing up in Fiji, death was pretty normal to me. People grow old and people die. Sometimes people skip the growing old part and die.
  2. I had been to many funerals before I even turned fifteen.
  3. And some of the people who died were extended family members. One year was particularly tough as my paternal grandpa died and then my mom’s sister, my Khala, died two months later.
  4. We dealt with the grief in various ways but mostly as a family. Remembering the people passed away, praying for them.
  5. When I came to Canada, I realized that death is treated very differently here.
  6. At least if you are a child.
  7. You are protected from it as if it won’t touch you too one day.
  8. It’s treated not as a simple part of life but as an anomaly, a tragedy.
  9. And children don’t really learn how to deal with death until it’s too late.
  10. Cry, Heart, But Never Break is an absolutely beautiful book that yes, does teach children how to handle death and grief.
  11. How to handle being sad without breaking apart.
  12. Obviously this is all contextual and sometimes life gives no warning and tragedy is tragedy but this book is very gentle.
  13. It will allow children to contemplate the scarier aspects of life and living without being overwhelmed by it.
  14. So I reckon parents should read this book with their children.
  15. Teach them, ready them, because you can deny everything
  16. Except death.