This book does not fall into the latter category.
What this is, is a beautiful and sensitive look at the importance of death as part of the balance in the world. Without death, we would not enjoy life.
The lesson is shared by Death (portrayed a la Bergman's The seventh seal movie / or the derivative Bill and Ted's bogus journey) in a touching - albeit mystifying to the children listening - allegory.
Tissues may be needed.
Other recommended picture books on death for 5-7 year olds:
- When Aunt Mattie got her wings by Petra Mathers.
- The tenth good thing about Barney by Judith Viorst.
- Beginnings and endings with lifetimes in between by Bryan Mellonie.
- Badger's parting gifts by Susan Varley.
- Always and forever by Alan Durant.
Title: Cry heart, but never break
Creators: written by Glenn Ringtved, illustrations by Charlotte Pardi, translated from the Danish by Robert Moulthrop.
Recommended by Annie C, Helensville Library.
Annie C is a voracious and versatile reader, but her habitual reads are fantasy, romance, and a diverse selection of non-fiction subjects. A life-long love of children’s books, particularly picture books, helps in her day-to-day role as a children’s librarian.