Bestselling novelist (How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents) and children’s (The Tia Lola Stories) author Julia Alvarez’s new picture book is a beautifully crafted poem for children that gently addresses the emotional side of death. The book asks, “When somebody dies, where do they go? / Do they go where the wind goes when it blows? … Do they wink back at me when I wish on a star? Do they whisper, ‘You’re perfect, just as you are’? …” Illustrated by Vermont woodcut artist, Sabra Field, Where Do They Go? is a beautiful and comforting meditation on death, asking questions young readers might have about what happens to those they love after they die.
A Spanish-language edition of the book, ¿Donde va a parar?, is available in paperback.
“This beautiful book asks all the right questions to help young children become aware of the eternal bonds that live on after death, while wisely leaving the answers to the readers themselves. A book to ponder, to discuss, and to cherish.” —R. J. Palacio, author of Wonder
“Grief is complicated for adults and even more so for children. Julia Alvarez’s stunning picture book, Where Do They Go?, uses simple yet lyrical language to explore death in all its nuanced aspects, while bringing comfort to us all, both adults and children alike. Where Do They Go? is a must read for those who are grieving and those who have ever grieved. That is, it is a perfect book for everyone.” –Edwidge Danticat, author of Mama’s Nightingale