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Scout's Heaven

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A sensitive book about mourning the loss of a pet

In this poignant story, a family grieves the loss of their beloved dog, Scout. There’s pouring rain when Scout dies, and the sky looks like it’s never seen the sun. Even so, Scout’s family begins the terrible task of burying her. Then Little Brother hears the thunder rumble and realizes it sounds just like Scout growling at
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 5th 2018 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (first published 2016)
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I would like to thank NetGalley and Eerdmans Books for Young Readers for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Now, I have read many children’s books that dealt with the subject of death of a pet or a loved one, but I had never read a children’s book quite as unique as Bibi Dumon Tak and Annemarie van Haeringen’s book “Scout’s Heaven,” which I got from NetGalley!

The story starts off with a family’s beloved dog Scout, dying and the family ends up burying him after hi
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this as an ARC on NetGalley.

I was looking for more out of a kid's book about the death of a family pet. Not much happening here, though. Just a sad burial of a pet followed by a sudden moment of seeming closure.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any child who has suffered the loss of a beloved pet
Shelves: arc-review, childrens
ARC for review - expected publication date April 2018.

Oh, these books are so very hard for me to read, even as an adult, and yet they are so important, as losing a beloved pet is often the first real experience a child has with death. The gold standard, for me, has always been the wonderful DOG HEAVEN by Cynthia Rylant and I've often given it as a gift to families suffering from such a loss, but I also admire SCOUT'S HEAVEN very much - it has a European sensibility about it, in that we DON'T kn
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The death of a beloved dog has a family trying to understand grief - good book for children 10+ who have lost a pet and have questions.
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely in its simplicity.

(Full disclose: I received a free copy of this book for review through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.)

-- 3.5 stars --

It is raining the day Scout takes her last breath.

Little Brother peppers his family with questions: Where has Scout gone, if she's no longer here? Does it rain above the clouds? Who will feed Scout? Will she have a sea to splash in and other animals to chase? They answer his questions as best they know how and, after burying Scout, coax him to sle
Richelle Zirkle
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dealing with death is often a hard thing to discuss with a child. Their understanding and experience doesn't prepare them for it. Titles like these are useful by crafting a way to discuss the concept of death that is comforting or at least not scary to those left behind. There is a whimsical quality to the illustrations, both the heavenly background art (raining cats and dogs, animals to chase, pups playing in clouds) and the shadow dog that persists throughout the book displaying a range of act ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boekenbingo-2017
Bijzonder boek over een moeilijk onderwerp. Sien de hond is dood en Klein Broertje heeft hier natuurlijk heel veel vragen over. De prachtige sfeervolle tekeningen maken het boek tot een kunstwerkje.

(14e boek Boekenbingo 2017)
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boekenbingo-2017
Een prachtig boekje over rouw en verdriet bij het overlijden van een huisdier. Het boek maakt grote zaken als dood, verdriet en rouw bespreekbaar voor jonge kinderen. (Boek 4 Boekenbingo 2017)
Giselle Marquez
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
To be quite honest with you, this was a very.. different book to read. It started off a bit too dark for me so it took a while for me to get the tone of the book. By the end though I understood. It was necessary to write this book. I think it would be good to read to a child who just lost a pet. The ending was nice and the illustrations were unique. A good kind of unique though where it takes a reader time to notice that it is semi from the dog’s perspective and what he sees. Of course I could b ...more
Juf Yvon
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boekenbingo-2017
Wat een prachtig, klein boekje waarin beschreven wordt hoe kinderen omgaan met de dood van de hond Sien. Dit verschijnsel is voor jonge kinderen moeilijk te begrijpen en het roept veel vragen op. In het verhaal worden juist die vragen gesteld door kleine broertje. Prachtig verwoord, een mooi en geruststellend einde en fijne tekeningen die het verhaal aanvullen en niet teveel op de voorgrond staan. ( 37e boek voor boekenbingo 2017)
Joan Marie
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a tender book about the loss of the family pet.
So real. Yet, healing, too.
The illustrations are full of emotion, moving from nearly all black to slim outlines of black. Perfect for reflections of loss and sorrow to glimmers of healing and hope.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
How not to do a book to help a child understand and overcome a pet's death… This one features a dog called Scout, which bizarrely is a female. The artwork – pastel and pencil shapes within and around the body of the dead animal – makes Scout look like a cat at times, but the book falls down on the script side too – the ending didn't convince me the family, with its peculiar taste in children's names as well as in pets' ones, hadn't scuppered themselves with nonsense about heaven. And how can the ...more
Amanda Geske
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
“‘Because,’ said Little Brother.”
Mary Lee
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, picture-book, dogs
Little Brother tries to make sense of the death of his dog.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, sniffles
Reminder to self to revisit this when my Scout dies. :(
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This book broke me into a thousand tiny little pieces within the first page.
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Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mooi boekje over de dood van een hond met herkenbare vragen die gesteld worden door het kleine broertje. Ik vind het materiaal van de bladzijden en de illustraties prettig.
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