The Memory Tree ∼ Book Review

Title: The Memory Tree
Author: Britta Teckentrup
Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup

Target Age: 3 to 5 years

Themes: Death, Animals, Emotional Development

This heartwarming picture book gently guides your child through the emotions of grief. The main character, Fox, peacefully passes away in the snow. His friends are very sad and it teaches the child that it is natural and ok to feel these emotions. His forest friends then start to discuss all the happy memories they had with Fox which results in something very magical happening. I highly recommend this story to any parent whose child is dealing with the loss of a family member, friend or even pet. It can be used as a tool to start a conversation about death in a way that a young child can comprehend without being frightened. This book could also be useful to teach emotional development for those children who have just started to become aware of death. The beautiful illustrations draw you into the story and create a highly engaging book to share with your child.

Further Reading and Activities

  • Talk about the happy memories of your loved one
  • Create a memory tree 
  • Goodbye Mog Book

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