Big Nan’s Last Adventure
In this read-together or read-alone book for young children, we say goodbye to Big Nan, a strong, matriarchal female role model who is fun and adventurous. The book helps educators, parents and carers initiate honest and realistic conversations with young children about the following topics: Breaking down stereotypes that older people are boring, frail and need to be looked after; Breaking down taboos around discussing death and grief; Understanding that there are many different views about what happens after death and that it’s fine to discuss this openly and to learn that there is uncertainty; Keeping people “alive” by remembering them and celebrating their lives.
“I highly recommend this lovely book. Explaining death to a child can be a difficult thing to do. Big Nan’s gentle story offers stepping stones for you to begin conversations about the different aspects of her journey, using the thought-provoking images to explore reactions and emotions with children.”
Julie Parker, CEO, Penhaligon’s Friends (A charity supporting bereaved children, young people and their families).