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Saying Goodbye to Lulu

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  86 reviews
A young girl and her lovable dog, Lulu, are the best of friends and do everything together. As Lulu ages and starts to slow down the girl shows her compassion by making Lulu comfortable in her bed and helping to feed her. When Lulu dies the caring, young girl must comes to terms with her loss and find a way to say goodbye. This lyrical and touching story will tug at the he ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet, gentle story of a little girl, her aging dog Lulu, and the process of saying goodbye to a loved one. This book will touch the hearts of anyone who has lost a pet, child or adult. Sensitive handling of a difficult topic.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Death of a pet requests
Recommended to June by: Goodreads
Shelves: death, picture-book, grief, pet
A young, girl's dog dies. Introduces old and sick need care just like newborns. Being afraid to see the dead. Burial, planting a memorial and finally being able to say goodbye. The ability to love a previous pet and to love a new one. ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
A young girl's dog, Lulu, is sick and dies. She tries to say goodbye but finds that she can only cry. Her parents are supportive and they plant a tree in their yard where Lulu is buried so they can still think of her.

The illustrations capture the change in Lulu and the colors are soft and comforting. I most appreciated the Author's Note at the end. Demas shares that it is hard to talk about death with children and she hopes this book can be used to open up that discussion. She also shares that
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brought tears to my eyes. Thus is a story that anyone with a per can relate to. We all know our pets will get older but nobody likes to thinly if what it would be like without them.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh yeah, because I totally wanted to cry at work today. This is an incredibly touching story about a little girl who's beloved lifelong companion passes away. It deals with loss in a realistic yet gentle way, affirming the angry and sadness a child deals with when trying to cope. The little girl does get a new puppy, and she knows "she isn't Lulu, but I still love you". Yeah, definitely not ugly crying here. ...more
Probably not the best book to read at work, but I saw it on a coworker's desk so couldn't resist. So I sat down and cried more and more as the story progressed. Lovely portrayal of the last days of a senior dog and that feeling of not wanting another dog, just wanting your dog to be healthy again. Not until some time passes is your heart ready again. And they may not be Lula or Bela, but you love them too. ...more
Aj Fried
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
We got this book as we are helping our son deal with the loss of his grandparents dog. It was a pretty good book about the process of losing a dog. The only piece I didn't love was the replacing of the dog at the end with a puppy, it was clear it tried not to do this...but it definitely was the first question our kid asked as the book ended. Was when are they getting a new dog? But the experience was well and definitely made me tear up. ...more
Kristen McBee
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is the one I’ve been looking for! I knew I’d know it when I read it. (Too bad it was the very bottom one in a stack of books about dead dogs). Anyway, this one is sweet, but still appropriately sad, and has nothing about dog heaven. I don’t love that she gets a new puppy at the end, but I do love that she makes it clear she is not replacing Lulu but adding to her list of beloveds.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Realistic fiction
K-2Nd grade
This would be a good book therapy story as the main character loses her dog Lulu. The story talks about the memories the little girl has made with her best friend. She’s sad to lose Lulu but learns to cope with the grief, and I think that would help connect to students who have recently lost a pet.
Amanda Hughes
Death is a hard topic to discuss with children. Demas writes this touching story in a way that makes it a little might make it a little easier. The colors are soft and the tone is comforting. Great story to share with children who have experienced loss
Mary Kate
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was depressing, especially considering that I know and love a dog named Lulu! However, the illustrations were well done, and the text was written in a way that young children will be able to understand and benefit from it, particularly if they’re going through a similar situation.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e, fiction, pets, death
Hands down the best death-of-a-pet book I've read yet. ...more
Alyssa Ricard
This is now one of my new favorites. This was such a tearjerker... I felt so much emotion threw the young girl. It feels as if you were saying goodbye to Lulu too.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good message for children with aging pets.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This made me cry, which is a very hard thing to do.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I prefer Sammy in the Sky, but this is also a good picture book about dealing with the death of a dog.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Completely amazing. So direct and clear fearless. Was sooooo useful for my seven year old daughter for working through our 13 year old dog’s impending death.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very well done. I related on a personal level because I also lost my beloved dog.
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This book was very hard. I could hardly read it because I was crying.
But it is a touching story of a very real event.

Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Very sweet book about saying goodbye to an animal- I do wish they had featured the family adopting a new dog instead of getting a puppy.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children_wongs
Beautiful and heartbreaking. Made me cry thinking of my own dog.
Aaron Milavec
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

As a grandfather of Emma (3 yrs old), I was preparing myself for three days of visitation by going to our public library. Among the four books chosen quickly was this superb story, "Saying Goodbye to Lulu."

With Emma in my lap, I began showing the pictures and reading the story by substituting "Duncan" for "Lulu" since this is the name of Emma's dog.

Right off I detected the theme: "Duncan couldn't climb the stairs . . . didn't hear [well]. . . couldn't see well." Duncan was getting old (something
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children, especially after the death of a pet
I was checking out books from our local library relating to the death of a pet, specifically a dog, in order to help a friend and her young son deal with the impending death of their beloved Lab. I discovered this book and thought it might provide some comfort and closure.

This is a touching tale that explains how a beloved pet can never be replaced by another, but that there is always room in our heart for more. The narrative certainly tugs at your heartstrings and the watercolor, colored penci
Jazzmarie Vedrine
This is a beautiful story to share with any child who has experienced a loss. It is about a young girl and her lovable and energetic dog, named Lulu. The two of them love to play ball, going walking in the streams and explore what is outside together. Lulu was a faithful dog who would meet her at the bus stop every day and walk alongside of her, until Lulu started slowing down and getting old. The young girl wants the same Lulu she had always remembered because she was not ready to say g
Linda Lipko
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The power of simple words formed together in a chain of beauty resonates in the heart.

This is a story of a little girl who loves her elderly dog Lulu. From the beginning of their lives, they bonded.

Now as Lulu ages, she becomes puppy like and sleeps most of the day, has accidents on the floor and, stumbling to walk, her legs wobble.

I very much liked how the author portrayed the circle of life and death and then life renewed again.

When it was time, another puppy became a part of the family. The
Abby Owens
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book hit me hard but I think that it does a great job talking about grief. It is important to talk to children about loss and grief because it is something that every person is going to face whether it is the loss of a loved one or the loss of a pet. The author did such a good job of showing the cycle of life and how the beginning and ending are very similar so that it shows closure. This would be a great way to open up a talk about grief to a student. I thought that it was beautifully writ ...more
Katie Page
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Saying Goodbye to Lulu
Genre: Challenges/Issues
Awards: n/a
Audience: 5-10 years old
A. Saying Goodbye to Lulu chronicles a girl witnessing her aging dog Lulu’s health decline, remembering all the fun times they had together and wishing Lulu to revert back to her young age. Eventually, the little girl has to comprehend & deal with the grief associated with Lulu’s death and learn how to cope with this loss in her day to day life.
B. This book presents the topic of death and grief in through the fam
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
This was a great book explaining the loss of a pet and grieving for it. I checked this out for my daughter as we recently lost our cat.

This book actually started off with the dog already old and as we read on we learn about the younger years and how close the girl was. I have noticed in this book as well as a few others we have recently read that its customary it seems to plant something over the pet when you bury it. I was happy to see that as we buried our cat earlier in the spring and put tu
Brittany Newton
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
I chose this book for my picture book soak project. I originally chose this book because there is a dog on the front and I love dogs. This story is sad, but very good. It is about a young girl and her dog Lulu, who is an old dog. She talks about how she pets her dog and how she wishes that she were young again so she could play. Lulu ends up passing away and the girl was unable to say goodbye. The girl’s parents suggest getting another dog but the girl only wants her Lulu back. Eventually, she g ...more
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Corinne Demas is Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and a fiction editor of the Massachusetts Review. She has a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

She is the award-winning author of thirty-three books, including five novels, two collections of short stories, a memoir, and numerous books for children.

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