Talking to My Gran About Dying My School Project by Gina Levete

Talking to My Gran About Dying My School Project

Written by Gina Levete
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Talking to My Gran About Dying My School Project by Gina Levete

When Will has to do a project for school, he decides to do it on dying. After all, dying happens to everyone, and it'll get him out of going to the library - all he has to do is talk to his Gran, Tam, about what she thinks! Will and Tam talk about questions like 'why do people have to die?' and 'where do people go when they die?', and by the end of their last talk, Will understands much more about what dying means. Written in a diary format in a fun and engaging tone, this illustrated book is an excellent way to talk to children about dying, to answer their questions and to help them understand what dying means. Questions to the reader throughout the book help to spark discussions and will allow the child to safely explore their thoughts and feelings. This is an ideal resource for teachers and parents to read with children aged 8-11.


Death is something of a taboo subject in our society and no more so than when talking with children. Parents and teachers need help with this because there is also a lack of confidence in how to respond to children on this topic. This book is precisely what they need. It shows that children do not require answers but the opportunity to think about such matters with adults they can trust. In my experience of researching with young children this is one of the topics they most wished to address. Talking to My Gran About Dying is a resource that can promote meaningful and safe conversations that children will value. -- Clive Erricker, co-author of The Education of the Whole Child Gina Levete has created a much needed resource that will help teachers to stimulate genuine debate around loss, death and bereavement. If the ground rules for emotional safety in circle time are kept to, then a resource like Talking to My Gran About Dying will act as an invaluable stimulus for genuine, calm, dialogue. -- Jenny Mosley, Educational Consultant It is always wonderful to witness an older person linking up with a child to share their wisdom and curiosity on BIG stuff. This interesting book shows us how young Will and his delightful Grandmother explore their ideas on dying and bereavement. It would be a useful resource to a primary teacher or caring adult wanting to facilitate a discussion so children can safely develop their own thoughts and feelings about a very big and important subject. -- Julie Stokes OBE, Founder of Winston's Wish, UK This book gives us five conversations that Will, who is 10, has with his Gran Tam, who is 70... Set in the context of a normal, loving family... the questions and their many possible answers have a resonance that will appeal to children who will have thought these thing but not spoken about them... The black and white illustrations, which are part of the project , are amusing and relevant, as are the questions at the end of each chapter. Two pages of advice for adults using the book with children are to be found at the end of the book, as are lists of books and helpful organisations. This is a practical, accessible production that will provide excellent useful discussion on a topic that is not often discussed. * Healthy Books blog * This book is written for 8-12-year-olds to prompt discussion in either the home or the classroom. The idea of the book is to provide comfort, through debate, about a subject that will affect all of us. * Juno Magazine *

About the Author

Gina Levete has a background in dance, and is the founder of Shape UK, an organisation to provide artistic opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people. She is the author of several books, including Meditation in Schools: Calmer Classrooms.

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64 pages


Gina Levete
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Third Age Press

Publication date

22nd April 2010



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