Beginnings and Endings
ABC Books, 2023
34pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Swish the goldfish has died and Little Ted is sad. But his friends are on the way to help him feel better and to remember that life is all about beginnings and endings.
This is a very gentle story about life and death featuring the familiar friends from the long-running Play School, which in itself will comfort those who are suffering a loss like Little Ted as they realise everyone, even their favourite characters, will encounter loss and feel sad. It is entirely natural but Jemima, Humpty, Kiya and Big Ted have ways to help Little Ted feel a bit better and see that there is still wonder and beauty in the world. And their advice is encapsulated in the final page with ideas to help lessen the misery and look for the things that brighten our hearts.
This is another in this collection of stories designed to help our youngest reader navigate some of the trickier paths to growing up and with illustrations as soft as the text, it is one for all parents to have in the home library.