Jasper's Day

Parker, Marjorie (Book - 2002)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Jasper's Day
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Today Riley's family is celebrating Jasper's Day. Everything they do will be in honor of Jasper -- sort of like a birthday. But it isn't Jasper's birthday. The old dog's cancer has gotten really bad. Riley knows they can't let him suffer any longer, but letting go will be the hardest thing he's ever had to do. Marjorie Blain Parker's tender story is filled with smiles, tears and the joy of special memories, and Janet Wilson's gentle pastels capture the depth of love shared by a boy and his dog. Together, they speak of acceptance, remembrance and the importance of cherishing life's every moment.
Authors: Parker, Marjorie, 1960-
Title: Jasper's day
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, 2002.
Characteristics: [30] p. :,col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Local Note: 6 15 53 97 118 172 210 278
Additional Contributors: Wilson, Janet 1952-
ISBN: 1550749579
Statement of Responsibility: written by Marjorie Blain Parker ; illustrated by Janet Wilson
Subject Headings: Dogs Juvenile fiction. Death Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Picture books for children-2002.
Topical Term: Dogs
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Nov 13, 2010
  • beckylunatic rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Of particular note in Jasper's Day is the author's deft handling of the concept of euthanasia or having a pet "put to sleep". Most children's stories about pet death revolve around the pet getting old and sick and dying naturally, which doesn't reflect that pet owners often have to make a difficult decision about their own loss and their friend's suffering. This is an excellent book for families facing that choice to share, perhaps to help them create a special day for their own old friend.


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A family's dog, who is close to death by cancer, is celebrated and remembered in one special day.


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