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Ghost Wings

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Set in Mexico amidst the monarch butterflies' annual migration and during the Days of the Dead, Ghost Wings, written by Barbara M. Joosse, author of the best-selling Mama, Do You Love Me?, and illustrated with the luminescent artwork of Giselle Potter, is the touching story of a little girl whose very best friend is her grandmother. But one spring, Grandmother becomes thin ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Chronicle Books
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This is a wonderful book that will help any child who has had to deal with the loss of a family member to death. It's a tender story about a little girl who learns remembers all the beautiful things that her Grandmother taught her and that even death won't erase those sweet memories.

I also love that this book takes place in Mexico and shows how the Mexican culture deals with death and the loss of loved ones in their special holiday called the Days of the Dead.

I have to be honest. I cried when
Sandy Brehl
As Barbara Joosse always does, she has created a powerful story embedded with rich cultural background. I this case it is a young girl's relationship with her grandmother in only a few pages, then unfolds the girl's dealing with stages of grief across several seasons, tying it all together with the science and tradition of Day of the Dead, monarch migration, and loving memories. Back matter includes cultural discussion(with glossary), science details about monarch butterfly migration, and a simp ...more
Logan Williams
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The book, Ghost Wings, covered many broad topics including death in a family, butterfly cycles, and even had many cultural references. The book begins with a little girl who expresses her love for her grandmother who would take her to "Magic Circle" in the Mexican forest. This is where the butterflies would pass through throughout the seasons. At the end of one season when the butterflies leave, her grandmother dies. The girl then goes into detail about how she remembers her gr
Ages 4-8.

I LOVED this one. A grandmother and her granddaughter in Mexico have a special relationship. They enjoy watching the monarch butterflies in the Magic Circle, working together, and Grandmother always protects the granddaughter from monsters in her room at night. Then Grandmother passes away.

This book is excellent at discussing several concepts: death, Mexican traditions, and monarch butterflies. The language is simple, though there are some Spanish words that are well explained in conte
This is a touching story between a little girl and her grandmother. The setting is in Mexico, and the language is beautiful.
Beautiful illustrations and a great way to emphasize not only those that are remembered on this holiday, but also how one can think of the ones that are not with us anymore.
While celebrating the Days of the Dead, a young Mexican girl remembers her wonderful grandmother who sang songs, made tortillas, chased monsters away, and loved butterflies.
Megan Rowland
This book tells a story about a little Hispanic girl losing her grandmother. She deals with it by carrying all the memories she has of her. This book is good to read when discussing different cultures.
Kristina Wojtaszek
I have always loved the Mexican legend that the Monarchs carry the souls of loved ones. This is a beautiful rendition of that belief.
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Barbara Joosse has written many books for children. Among them are Mama, Do You Love Me?, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee; and I Love You the Purplest, illustrated by Mary Whyte. She says, "When I was a little girl, I wished for two things — a best friend, and something so ferocious it would scare away the monsters under my bed. And so I have written Lovabye Dragon. I think maybe it’s for little m ...more
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