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 Circles in the sky
 Author: Mountford, Karl James

 Publisher:  Candlewick Studio (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [39] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 662552 ISBN: 9781536224986
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Foxes -- Fiction
 Moths -- Fiction
 Death -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

When Fox feels discouraged by a lifeless bird he encounters in the forest, Moth comes along to try to gently explain the bird's lifeless state.

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/15/22)
   Booklist (09/15/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/07/22)
 The Hornbook (00/11/22)

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Booklist - 09/15/2022 One morning, a fox pokes his head out of his den when he notices the birds sound a little different. On beautifully illustrated pages with stylized images of forests and animals, readers are taken on a journey to different places in the forest until the fox encounters a bird that isn't moving. There he meets a curious moth, who keeps him company and tries to gently help him understand death and grieving. The moth explains that the bird is no longer alive and helps the fox process his feelings upon learning the sad news. The “circles in the sky”—the sun and moon—become a useful metaphor for grasping both the passing of time and the importance of memory. The story is cyclical, beginning at the dawn of one day and ending with the dawn of the next, which emphasizes the message that life and death are all part of a natural cycle. With a light touch and a tone respectful of big, confusing feelings around the concept of death, this warm and matter-of-fact book could be a useful aid in difficult conversations. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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