It’s been a while since I have done a shameless self promotion post on this, so I guess today is as good a day as any to use this space for just that reason.
Some of you newer readers may have absolutely no idea that I actually have a book out there. It’s called Remembering Ruby: For Families Living Beyond the Loss of a Pet.
Although the target age range is 4-9 (ish), it’s really a book meant for families to share together. I can also say that many adults have told me that they read it and found the story to be very helpful.
The book has two parts. The bulk of it is made up of the story–which is true, by the way–of “Ruby” (real name = Bijoux), our first beagle. Told from the perspective of my older son, the story is a portrait of the relationship between boy and dog. Of course there is the “loss” part, yet the story goes on to show that though loss hurts very much, you can grieve and then move forward, holding memories forever.
The second part of the book is a short section for parents about helping young children deal with the loss of a pet.
The book is full of actual family photos (in black and white), which help move the story along. The interior design AND the spectacular cover–which has garnered comments like “that is the most beautiful book cover I’ve ever seen!”–were both designed by my very talented sister*.
Thanks for your time and attention, and please…tell your friends!
*Who does design work on the side, in case you were wondering. Business cards, signage, miscellaneous projects, whatever…and she’s a pleasure to work with! Need something done? Contact her at casajules (at) gmail (dot) com!
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