- What is Goodbye?
- Nikki Grimes
- 04 January 2020
review What is Goodbye?
What is Goodbye? Read ↠ 0 Le again Through the alternating voices of a brother and sister Nikki Grimes elouently portrays the grieving process in this gem of a book that is honest powerful and ultimately hopeful Nikki Grimes is the distinguished author of than two dozen children's books She received the 2003 Coretta Scott King Award for her novel Bronx Ma. Annotated Bibliography Entry What is Goodbye By Nikki GrimesSummaryWhen their brother Jaron dies unexpectedly his mom dad and siblings Jerilyn and Jesse are left to pick up the pieces of what he left behind Both Jerilyn and Jesse have a hard time picking up the pieces that Jaron left behind in his passing Both write poems to express their heartache and anger over their brother s death Poems are written from the perspectives of Jeri and Jesse who both handle their grief in different ways Jeri is older than Jesse so she kinda has to pick herself up to care for her parents who are beyond devastated She tries to keep a straight face and not show much emotion but the death of her brother has hurt her Jesse on the other hand is the youngest of the siblings and often expresses his grief with anger and lashing out at other people Basically these poems detail the grieving process and how such a process can differ amongst different peoplePersonal Response I definitely enjoyed reading these poems and I think even adults could take something away from them The poems are mature in a way so I would not share this with younger students as the ideas and metaphors used may go over their heads but for older students who have lost someone they love I feel that they will connect to these poems I personally think these poems can help those students along in the healing process What I love the most about this book is that it features poems from both Jeri and Jesse s perspectives so the reader gets an idea as to how both of the siblings deal with their brother s passing In their case they handle it extremely different I think this portrayal is both great and realistic Some people think that everyone grieves the same way and that there should be a set period of grief and once that period is over they should just get over it I think this attitude is both wrong and insensitive and I m glad this book steered away from that I also like the progression through the grieving process I like how it ended with everyone in the family beginning to heal againDescriptions of IllustrationsThere are not a whole lot of illustrations This is mostly just a book of poetry but there are small illustrations that are rather abstract When I looked at them closely they seemed to represent the metaphors mentioned in the poem For example one poem talked about what I mentioned above people thinking there is a set time for the grieving process To illustrate this there was a picture of a girl Jeri trapped in an hourglass to illustrate that time for her grief is running out but she is not uite ready to let go I think the illustrations that are there are great They are simple yet abstract and illustrate metaphors mentioned in the poems which I think will help studentsClassroom ConnectionsThis poetry book is for older students but it is one that I would include in my classroom library because there is probably one student that will be able to relate to it Everyone has lost somebody they love so I m pretty sure they will be able to relate and connect to it It can also help these students ease their grief In terms of incorporating it into the classroom teachers can use the poems to illustrate metaphor as metaphors are a staple in all the poems and most of the metaphors are pretty deep Teachers could also talk and introduce all types of figurative language such as similes and such Teachers could also read a poem aloud to students and have students write a visual of what they are hearing or feeling This is similar to what we did in class for Each Kindness and the chart board I think teachers could easily have students do the same for these poems Students could also draw pictures as to what they think the metaphors in the poems mean to them which I think will extend their thinking Definitely a useful and powerful book of poetry to include in the classroomcharacters Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¸ Nikki Grimes
What is Goodbye? Read ↠ 0 Jerilyn and Jesse have lost their beloved older brother But each of them deals with Jaron's death differently Jerilyn tries to keep it in and hold it together; Jesse acts out But after a year of anger pain and guilt they come to understand that it's time to move on It's time for a new family picture with one piece missing yet who. A verse novel andor collection of poetry for young people about grief Two siblings Jesse and his older sister Jerilyn lament the death of their brother Jaron The time span is on year from the time of death and each sibling responds differently throughout the whole process of grieving alternating perspectives No right way to grieve is the point I loved the lovely sad small watercolor illustrations by Raul Colon The color is lovely throughout I read this for National Poetry Month with my kids and thought it was good because though sad it s a rare and useful topic for kids Grimes lost her father when she was fifteenWhy JesseWhy did Jaron have to dieI asked till my lips burned dryMommy sighed and shook her headGod scoops up the good she saidThen from now on I won t beHear that God Don t come for meWhy JerilynWhy give Goda bad nameWhy not blamethe moonif you must pretendto have an answerWe both know senseis like shadowChase it till you sweatand all you ll getis a handfulof nothingBesides what differencedoes it makeJust concentrateon breathingfrom What is Goodbye Nikki Grimes
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What is Goodbye? Read ↠ 0 Suerade and a 2003 Coretta Scott King Honor citation for Talkin' About Bessie Many of her books have been cited as Notable Books by the American Library Association including Come Sunday a picture book in verse; Something on My Mind; and Meet Danitra Brown which also won a Coretta Scott King Honor She lives in southern California. Nikki Grimes tells a story of Jesse and Jerilyn mourning their brother s death in What is Goodbye Alternating pages have poems from each child s perspective on the same topic The first poems are titled Getting the News featuring the sibling s different emotions when they first learned of their brother s death The poems continue through the year long mourning process of each child Some of the interesting poem titles are First Fear which discusses each of their fears of death Regrets which discusses each of their regret after they expressed anger toward their brother for leaving them and Ordinary Day which depicts an ordinary day that each of them has as they move closer to healing The small illustrations by Raul Colon truly add to the emotion in an abstract and thoughtful way In the author s notes Grimes explains to her readers that the purpose of her book was to honor the different ways that people cope with death There is no right or wrong way to grieve as she learned through her own father s death at age fifteen This book truly gets inside the heads of two very different children who do not always react the way people want or expect them to An example of this would be the poem called Rush in which Jesse discusses his frustration that everyone expects him to be better because a certain amount of time has passed I found this poem especially powerful with words like They re telling me my heart is wrong for hurting past the date they set Well I m not ready to move on yet I found this to be very accurate with outsiders who feel comfortable if the person just moved on already This poem would be amazing for children and families who have experienced loss especially a child who is having difficulty sharing their feelings This book could introduce any child to the emotional outlet of poetry in order to share deeper and private thoughts Ages 9 14