If Nathan Were Here

(Paperback - Mar 2000)
$9.00 - Online Price


Named a "Best Children's Book 2000" by the Association of Theological Booksellers, this gentle picture book explores the grief of a young boy whose best friend has died.If Nathan were here, we would meet in our tree fort… we would take the shortcut through the woods… we would try to splash each other in the puddles… In If Nathan Were Here, author Mary Bahr gently explores the grief of a young boy whose best friend has died. With the help of an understanding teacher, a kind neighbor, and an empathetic parent, the boy finds ways to give expression to his questions and sorrow and to reach out to someone else who needs him. Mary Bahr’s evocative text conveys a child’s grief with honesty and sensitivity, while Karen Jerome’s soft watercolors poignantly capture the tender nature of children’s friendships.


  • SKU: 9780802852359
  • SKU10: 0802852351
  • Title: If Nathan Were Here
  • Qty Remaining Online: 7
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
  • Date Published: Mar 2000
  • Book Type: Picture / Wordless
  • Pages: 32
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Age Range: 5 - 8
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten thru 3rd Grade
  • Weight lbs: 0.31
  • Dimensions: 9.97" L x 7.98" W x 0.15" H
  • Features: Illustrated, Ikids
  • Themes: Theometrics | Evangelical; Theometrics | Mainline; Topical | Death/Dying;
  • Subject: Social Issues - Death & Dying
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"A simply expressed, sympathetic portrait of a boy's feelings of loss and bewilderment after the death of his best friend The soft watercolor illustrations have a fine, tender quality. The emotions of carefree happiness before the child's death and poignant grief afterward are beautifully handled. The sketchy figures are filled with life and feeling, and the warm red and yellow tones promise that sorrow will be overcome, although memories will always last." — School Library Journal


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