Wings of the Morning by Julia Cunningham; photographs by Katy Peake (Golden Gate).
A lonely little girl on a walk one morning finds a sleeping bird in the dust just off the road. She tries to help it fly until she realizes it can’t because it is dead. But afterward on her morning walks she always remembers the bird.
The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst; illustrated by Erik Blegvad (Atheneum).
When a little boy’s pet cat named Barney dies, his father and mother help him with a funeral. Then his mother tells him to try to think of ten good things about Barney. It is quite easy to think of nine good things, but that tenth one is difficult. What do you think it is?
Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles; illustrated by Peter Parnall (Little, Brown).
Annie cannot understand why her grandmother, called the Old One, must die. She does everything she can to prevent it from happening. This beautiful book about a little Navajo girl tells much about living and dying.
The Boy Who Tried to Cheat Death adapted from a Norwegian folktale by Charles Mikolaycak and Carole Kismaric; illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak (Doubleday).
This old Norwegian folktale is about a boy without a name who meets Death one day. The boy bargains with Death so that he can heal people and never die himself. This is an especially beautiful book—one to read, look at, and think about.