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Tim's Goodbye

Tim's Goodbye

Steven Salerno

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


A touching picture book about a group of children who must say goodbye to a dear friend.

Margot is sad because her beloved pet, Tim, has died.

She and her friends band together to give him a proper sendoff. Melinda brings her French horn. Vincent brings balloons. Otto wears his best hat. When all gather together, they celebrate Tim's beautiful, simple life as they send him on a surprising farewell journey to a special place above the mountains and beyond the clouds.

And Margot has a feeling that Tim is happy once again.

This tender story from Steven Salerno also features his beautiful illustrations, with a simple color palette and classic feel. Tim's Goodbye is sure to strike a chord with readers who have experienced a difficult farewell.

Praise for Tim's Goodbye

“A simple exploration of children accepting the death of a pet and learning to say goodbye. . .This uncomplicated tale of love, loss, friendship, and hope is a great addition for library collections.” —School Library Journal

Salerno shows readers how to help a friend mourn a dead animal. Most important, of course, is showing up. . .A succinct text and an uncluttered design provide space to discover and process a loss.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Quiet and sweet, illustrated in a retro style that makes it feel timeless for young people experiencing the loss of a pet.” —Booklist Online


Reviews from Goodreads

Steven Salerno

Steven Salerno has illustrated over twenty popular picture books, including The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris by Betsy Harvey Kraft, and Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates by April Jones Prince (FSG/Fall 2017). He is the author-illustrator of several picture books, too, including Coco the Carrot and Wild Child. His illustrations also appear in advertising, magazines, and product packaging. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, he lives and works in New York City.

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Steven Salerno

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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