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Atticus wakes at his usual time, ready to feed Chip. But when he reaches the fishbowl, Chip is gone. When Atticus asks his loved ones where Chip is, he gets a range of answers in the form of gentle but evasive ways of explaining the concept of death: Chip is in a better place; Chip has moved on. These ideas are confusing for Atticus.
Told from a child’s point of view, this honest depiction highlights the importance of memory as a coping strategy when grieving the loss of a loved one. Memories live in our hearts and keep our loved ones with us. This gentle story is an imaginative meditation on healing from grief.
Praise for Chip:Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Whimsical, appealing, and gently humorous…. A witty, comforting paean to a beloved lost fish…. Gastaldi is like a magician; both the text and illustrations retain a light touch as the child deals with his loss. . . Perfectly captures a child’s response to death with respect, sensitivity, and reassuring humor."
"Gastaldi’s digital art in rich blues and oranges conveys the intensity of Atticus’s feelings. Eventually, happy memories of Chip soften the boy’s grief, and he is comforted, knowing 'he would always remember.' Gastaldi keeps both text and illustrations simple, avoiding distractions and allowing a child reader to focus on Atticus and his sense of loss. Recommended websites and books to use when talking with children about this difficult subject are appended."Horn Book
"One morning, Atticus wakes up to find that his pet goldfish, Chip, is not in his bowl…. A heartfelt book for children who have lost a pet."Booklist
- On Sale
- Oct 17, 2023
- Page Count
- 40 pages
- Christy Ottaviano Books