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“Losing a loved one is never easy, but having someone to help us through the grieving process allows us to heal; Benavides and Buchet have created a work that allows readers to understand the connection between love and grief, healing, and new beginnings.”
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Written by David Corredor Benavides and Nelly Buchet
Illustrated by Ana Sanfelippo
Published by Kind World Publishing

A story about coping with loss and the magical comfort of friendships, both old and new.

Alejo loved his Abuelo. They did everything together and were the best of friends. They had so much fun that one little neighbor couldn’t help but notice and admire their strong bond. But one day, Abuelo wasn’t there anymore. He got too sick to come home. Nothing makes Alejo feel better; doing all of the things he used to do with Abuelo just makes him feel lonelier. But, maybe, just maybe, one special little neighbor can help.

This collaboration from debut author David Corredor Benavides and award-winning picture book writer Nelly Buchet tells a heartwarming story of beautiful friendships, of grieving and coping with the loss of a loved one, and supporting one another through gentle acts of kindness. Alejo’s story was inspired by Corredor Benavides’ unforgettable adventures with his own grandfather, as well as Buchet’s admiration of such a magical relationship.

Primary ISBN: 9781638940074
Publication Date: March 2023
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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