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Kids Can Press: Spring 2016

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    Lexile measure: AD500L
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    For sale with exclusive rights in: CA US Not for sale in: ROW
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    Distributor: Hachette Book Group Availability: In stock On Sale Date:Apr 05, 2016 Carton Quantity:46 $18.95 CAD
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Life Without Nico
By (author): Andrea Maturana Illustrated by: Francisco Javier Olea
9781771386111 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship Apr 01, 2016
$18.95 CAD
Forthcoming 7.5 x 9 x 0.31 in | 0 lb 36 pages Kids Can Press
Maia and Nico are best friends. They never get tired of playing together. Unexpectedly, though, Nico and his family have to move far away for a while. Maia is devastated. “Now time passes slowly, and the emptiness is with Maia everywhere she goes.” She makes her way through the dark days, bored and alone. But, slowly, things begin to change, and “... Maia meets an unexpected companion ... She makes a new friend ... She even discovers a new passion.” Her life has become so happy and full, in fact, that she worries there will no longer be enough room for Nico. Of course, when he returns, she discovers there is. As Maia learns, “There is always space in your heart for friendship.” This poetic, touching picture book written by Andrea Maturana is sure to move readers of any age. It sensitively explores a child's capacity for friendship and the range of feelings experienced while trying to cope with loss. Losing a friend is a common childhood experience, and this book would offer a perfect opportunity for a classroom discussion on this or any kind of loss. It speaks to the resilience of children as well, and the experience of growing up and discovering that welcoming new things and people into your life doesn't mean losing the old. The sweet artwork by Francisco Javier Olea uses warm, muted colors that reinforce the reassuring tone of the story, as well as magical imagery that enhances its emotional depth.

... Maturana's minimal, lyrical text, set in a wistful, handwritten-style font, embellishes the artwork and beautifully modulates the mood from melancholy to lighthearted.
Publishers Weekly

... [an] astute, sensitive tale of friendship and separation ...
The New York Times

... a deceptively simple story which explores complex themes of friendship, loss, loneliness, grief, depression and love.
CM Magazine

... highly recommended for both librarians and teachers as an excellent conversation starter when discussing loss with children.
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Empathy brims on the pages of this artful and articulate book about overwhelming feeling.
Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review

Reassuring without being patronizing, this helps explain a challenging life event with insight and a light touch ...

This thoughtful and well-done exploration of loss and recovery is an important addition to library collections.
School Library Journal

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