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Saying Goodbye to Daddy

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Frightened, lonely, and angry after her father is killed in a car accident, Clare is helped through the grieving process by her mother and grandfather.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Lauren
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any parent whose recently lost a spouse
I’ve meant to write a review about this book for a very long time but, sadly, never had the time so I hope to make up for that now. But perhaps it was for the best because, in retrospect, this book was even more valuable than I thought it was when I first found it.

My husband died suddenly when our daughter was less than three years old and I was feeling my way around helping us best deal with our grief. While I had dealt intimately with the deaths of several friends after long-term illnesses, I
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Stacy Fetters
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sneaky-librarian
" Dying was when petals fell from flowers, leaves fell from trees. When Claire fell and cut her chin, she didn't die."

Saying Goodbye to Daddy teaches kids about the death of a parent in a very interesting and 90's way. I know I shouldn't laugh at this book, but I did. The scenarios in the story were over the top and I couldn't stop myself.

As a learning tool, you won't find much here except awkwardness and hilarity. Trust me, there are better books out there to explain death besides "his/her b
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Margaret
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This would be a good book to use to explain death to a preschool age child especially if the child has lost a parent. I like how the mom in the story gives her daughter choices. Does she want to go to the funeral, or stay home with her aunt? Also, grandpa comes and stays for awhile to help out. The illustrations are lovely and go perfectly with the story.
Bianca Arias
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Saying Goodbye to Daddy by Judith Vigna is a children's story that brings up the heart feeling topic of losing a parent at a young age. The young character Clare, unexpectedly received the news of losing her father one day. There was an almost immediate struggle to understand what the word "death" meant to her. Throughout the book she is portrayed to have anger towards all because of this experience. Though losing a parent, whether mother or father is difficult, the young girl Clare had a tremen ...more
Madison Hays
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Saying Goodbye to Daddy by Judith Vigna is a children's story that brings up the topic of losing a parent. Clare is a young girl who got the news of her fathers death one day. She struggles to understand what "death" means and why she feels so angry at the world. Even though losing a parent is hard, Clare has a great support system to help her through.

The illustrations in this book are watercolor, giving the pictures an abstract feel to them. The colors are not very bright, which sets the tone o
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Katie Hanrahan
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Experience death through a child's eyes in Saying Goodbye to Daddy by Judith Vigna. Clare was a young girl when her father died in a car crash. She, her mother, and her grandfather must learn to cope with the loss while Clare must also begin to understand death.

This book obviously deals with a critical issue in society: death of a parent or loved one. Typically, children do not understand death and are deeply frustrated by it. Clare shows this in her confusion about how death works. She also bla
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Rachel
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Saying Goodbye to Daddy by Judith Vigna is a children's book about social conflicts. This specific book is about premature death and how children handle it. I think that this book is extremely sad and I am not sure how many children would actually want to read it but I do think that this subject is one that is not looked into often enough. This topic happens in the real world and more often than not children are not prepared. This book can help them be more prepared.

The pictures in this book fo
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Bonnieyayaleyyy
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Saying goodbye to daddy talks about When Clare's daddy dies in a car accident, Clare experiences a whole range of emotions without even being sure of just what "dying" means. She is afraid when her mother cries, worried that something will also happen to her mother and grandfather, lonely for her father, and angry because Daddy didn't tell her goodbye. Unlike many books on the theme for children this age, which usually deal with the death of a pet, Vigna's candid, tender portrayal of the death o ...more
Jenna Dillon
Oct 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fluent-catalog
Summary: Frightened, lonely, and angry after her father is killed in a car accident, Clare is helped through the grieving process by her mother and grandfather.
Genre: realistic fiction
Reading Level: This book is for fluent readers because it has multiple paragraphs on each page, and it has complex sentences, and irregular, difficult words such as: magnificent, kindergarten, and aluminum.
Topic: death, loss of a loved one, grief
Curriculum Uses: I would use this for independent reading or a guided
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Madison Jones
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
The day that Clare’s dad passed away was wrong. She left school too early, it wasn’t Momma who picked her up and everyone was sad. When Clare's daddy dies in a car accident, Clare experiences a whole range of emotions without even being sure of just what "dying" means. She is afraid when her mother cries, worried that something will also happen to her mother and grandfather, lonely for her father, and angry because Daddy didn't tell her goodbye. In this book her mother, grandmother and grandfath ...more
Victoria Hawkins
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
In the book Saying Goodbye To Daddy by Judith Vigna expresses the love a little girl had for her dad. There was a car accident that took a precious life away. A mother had to explain to a little girl named Clare that her father had passed away. Clare did not understand what death meant at first, then her mother tried to explain when her hamster died and she buried it in the backyard. Clare kept asking, "where is daddy now?" The mother explained that he will be put in a casket in his nicest suit ...more
Clarissa
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-issues
Saying Goodbye to Daddy by Judith Vigna is a heartfelt story about one girls journey through a difficult time. Clair loves her parents and her miniature model cabin made by her father. But one day neither of her parent's come to pick her up from school and Clair doesn't understand why. Suddenly her world is turned upside down and Clair is unsure of how to feel. No matter what anyone says she does not understand what happened to her father. Vigna addresses a very serious issue that can be difficu ...more
Melanie Abril
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book follows the life of a little girl named Clare in the days after the death of her father. Throughout the story, her mother and grandfather explain as best they can the situation and that they will all always be able to remember him. It shows the frustration and sorrow that often follows after the death of a loved one but not to the point that children would be negatively affected. The story closes with Clare fixing the toy that her father built her, similar to a doll-house, with her gra ...more
Grant Cooper
This gives the story of a little girl, whose father dies. The girl is at a very young age and it is hard for her to fully comprehend the concept of death and grievance process. Claire gets frustrated with dealing with acceptance of her father's passing. With the help of her family, she receives the support that is needed to learn to move past death through the eyes of a child.

This book can help children who are experiencing similar social issues alike. It gives insight on explaining death and ac
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Paige Cook
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Saying Goodbye to Daddy by Judith Vigna is a sad children’s story dealing with the issue of death. It goes through the little girl, Grace’s, story about losing her father. She describes how sad it was and the things she does to cope with the tragic event. The illustrations are watercolor and simple. The pictures do not have much detail, but they guide the story along. Children could read this book if they have lost a parent, grandparent, or anyone close to them. It would help them know that they ...more
Spencer Gold
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Wow this story blew me away! This was such a powerful story about the untimely death of a father and the affect it had on the family. I enjoyed the story because it was very real and talked about all the things that go along with death. I thought Vigna brought the emotion out of all the characters in the story. I could all the different feelings the daughter went through in book while dealing with her father's death at such a young age. I remember losing my grandfather at a pretty young age and
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Audrey
Dec 08, 2014 added it
Saying Goodbye to Daddy is the riskiest kind of childrens book,becuase it speaks of something other than rainbows and rhymes. This book is perfect for a child who lost someone they care about. Though I am sure you had that tough conversation sometimes its better to look through a childs eyes. In the sotry Claires parents never picked her up from school one day and she couldnt understand why. This book shows that there is nothing she could have done to prevent the loss nor was it her fault. It is ...more
Rebecca Sherod
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This book opens with an explanation of what a little girl, Claire, does when she misses her father. It then goes on to describe what happened when her father died and how she, her mother, and her grandfather dealt with it. The story explains what Claire felt and how she acted on those feelings.
The pictures throughout this book help enhance the Claire’s feelings on the death of her father. They depict what happened and reflect her state of sadness. This book could be helpful to read if a child
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Sarah Baxter
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Saying Goodbye to Daddy by Judith Vigna is definitely a tear jerking book to read. Clare's father has just recently dies in a car crash and she needs to find ways to deal with this horrible thing. Clare is just a young girl and doesn't really know how death works and what happens after death. Clare's mother and grandfather help her through this difficult time and teach her how to cope with her feelings in a healthy way. This book could be very helpful to other young children who are experiencing ...more
Rachel Manak
This book is composed neither in a landscape or a portrait orientation but rather in more of a square orientation. Even though this story is very depressing and sad, the illustrations are done in a fun and playful manner with bright colors. This might be because even though there is a sad meaning behind the story, in the end, there is always something to look forward to. that maybe something good will come out of it. There is a plain simple white border around the edge of the illustrations. Pred ...more
Logan Spears
Saying Goodbye to Daddy is a very sad story about a mother having to explain to her daughter that her father had died. I was hard to read because imagining how confused and scared the little girl must have been made me uncomfortable. At the beginning she was thinking of ways it was her fault he was gone but her mother assured her it wasn't. She finally grasp that her father was really gone toward the end of the stroy. The illustrations were always on the right side of the page, and the text on t ...more
Alicia
Apr 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Personally, this book wasn't my favorite. The images appeared almost fuzzy to me, which I suppose could lend to the idea of someone looking back into the past, and recalling a specific event, but it just kind of bother me. Also, I thought that the text was boring, and distant. Maybe on some level a child who has lost their father could find it relatable, but I feel like it was only scratching the surface, and if you are going to talk about such a personal topic in hopes that kids can relate, I d ...more
Mitchell Ary
Nov 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: edrd-314
i hated this book. i was sad the whole time while reading and i don't like how that was the tone of book from the very beginning to the very end. although the illustrations were very interesting with the water colors and graphite sketches although i feel like they had little meaning behind them.
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