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Always and Forever

by Alan Durant
Illustrated by Debi Gliori

Published by U.S. edition: Harcourt, 2004
24 pages
ISBN: 0-15-216636-X

Ages 3 - 6

Otter, Mole, Fox and Hare live happily together, each responsible for some aspect of the work that families share. Then Fox becomes ill and dies. Otter, Mole and Hare are steeped in sadness. “Fox’s family missed him so much. They felt lost without him.” They grieve throughout the winter. In spring, when Squirrel comes to visit, she tries to comfort them without success, until she begins to remember the funny things she doesn’t miss about Fox—like his awful cooking and his disastrous attempts to fix things. Alan Durant acknowledges the importance of time, laughter, and above all, memories, in a picture book about death—and life, and love--for young children. (Ages 3-6)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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