A young girl and her lovable dog, Lulu, are the best of friends. They play games together, explore their neighborhood, and even cuddle up to read bedtime stories each night. Lulu is the best dog a girl could ever hope for, but when she grows older and gradually becomes weak, the little girl must face the sad possibility of losing her dear friend, and inevitably, cope with the death of her canine companion. Though she is deeply saddened by Lulu's passing and misses her very much, over time the little girl discovers that the sweet memory of her beloved Lulu will live on forever... in her heart.
With realistic, hopeful watercolor and pen illustrations by Ard Hoyt, Saying Goodbye to Lulu offers an accessible lens to young children learning to understand and cope with the mixed emotions that come with the loss of a loved one.
Praise for Saying Goodbye to Lulu: "Rendered in watercolor, colored pencil and pen-and-ink and featuring a pastel-dominated palette, Hoyt's lively, homespun art nimbly conveys the range of emotions that run through this comforting story." - Publishers Weekly
"Memories of the past and hope for the future bring a bittersweet conclusion to this straightforward and affecting story." - School Library Journal
"Hoyt's perceptive illustrations... help create convincing personalities for both Lulu and the little girl and add a timeless, cozy quality that contributes to the story's reassuring tone." - Kirkus
"This gentle book is a truthful and tender exploration of a child's experience of a pet's decline and death, eloquently acknowledging both the pain of the loss and the possibility of consolation."- Judith Viorst, author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Tenth Good Thing About Barney—
Praise for Ard Hoyt: I'm a Manatee "Hoyt's pencil-and-watercolor art possesses graceful, fluid lines. . . . [He] wittily extends the story, too, adding playful elements." - PW One Dog Canoe "The hilariously exaggerated facial expressions on the animals are the highlight of Hoyt's softly colored illustrations." - Booklist
"The watercolor illustrations give the animals lots of personality [and] will surely elicit giggles." - School Library Journal
Corinne Demas is the author of Eleven Stories High (SUNY Press), a memoir of growing up in Stuyvesant Town, and the short story collection What We Save for Last (Milkweed Press). Corinne has also written many books for children, including Saying Goodbye to Lulu (Little, Brown). She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship as well as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, and has won The Lawrence Foundation Prize for best story to appear in the Michigan Quarterly Review. In addition to writing, she is a Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and is the Fiction Editor of the Massachusetts Review. She lives in MA and spends her summers on Cape Cod.