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The Funeral

Format: Hardcover
Status: In Print
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;
Authentic Canadian Content

A child's first experience of death involves love, laughter, and some big questions about life.

Norma and her parents are going to her great-uncle Frank’s funeral, and Norma is more excited than sad. She is looking forward to playing with her favorite cousin, Ray, but when she arrives at the church, she is confronted with rituals and ideas that have never occurred to her before. While not all questions can be answered, when the day is over Norma is certain of one thing — Uncle Frank would have enjoyed his funeral.

This sensitive and life-affirming story will lead young readers to ask their own questions about life, death and how we remember those who have gone before us.

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 4-7.  

Curriculum Connections

  • Health / human development
  • Social studies / heritage and identity 

Additional Information

40 pages | 8.75" x 12.00"