Heaven is All Around You
By Lydia Esparra
Illustrated by Veronica Esparra
This is a great picture book for kids about death. It is such an uplifting and inspirational story that all readers will be transported and comforted after reading this book, especially kids who are just about to lose a parent because of a serious illness. The illustrator, Veronica Esparra, does a splendid job illustrating these points in vivid detail for the reader.
The story is about a little girl, Elena, who is about to lose her mother to cancer. Her mommy is very sick and Elena starts to worry about how life will ever be without her mommy in it. But as the story unfolds, Elena learns that when her mommy dies, she will still be part of her life but in a different way. When Elena’s mother does pass away, she is able to cope so much better.
Heaven is All Around You has a wonderful message for kids. It shows that it is possible to cope with the death of a mommy or daddy by not being afraid and trusting that God will take mommy or daddy to a place of peace and love. And even after mommy or daddy dies, (s)he can still be present to the child forever. All the child has to do is to stop and feel the warm wind on her face or watch a beautiful sunset, and she will feel her mommy there. What a great message for kids!
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed: By Irene S. Roth
Author and Editor