Where Lily Isn’t

Ages: 4 - 8Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, LLC Author: Julie PaschkisIllustrator: Margaret Chodos-Irving


Opening with all the things that the young girl’s little brown dog Lily used to do, the reader learns that Lily isn’t there anymore. When the child wakes up in the morning, she looks at the rug beside her bed. No Lily. Going through the day’s activities, she notices all the ways and all the places “where Lily isn’t.”

Told in the first person, this very compassionate book is not maudlin. It simply acknowledges the ways children miss a beloved animal. It doesn’t try to comfort or resolve the grief by producing a new animal, it simply stands beside the protagonist while she misses her friend. This is a gentle, masterful presentation of a child’s sad experience – ending with Lily always being inside her heart. This is wonderful read-aloud story as all small listeners will feel emotionally understood.


Kemie Nix ©2019 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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