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Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Goblin and the Empty Chair by Mem Fox

I cried all the way through this book the first time I read it. These insightful and amazing creators, the Dillons and Mem Fox, obviously understand grief. The description of this pain in each of the characters is so simple, so perfect, so exact: "The goblin saw the woman sigh, set down her pail, and bury her head in her hands." Which is exactly what happens when faced with unbearable loss. The way that the Goblin is able to see and understand, and then, help each character in the way that was most meaningful to them was moving. In the end, kindness breeds kindness and all the characters receive healing. Gentle, insightful, sensitive. This book is a treasure.

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