When Grandfather Flew

by Patricia MacLachlan and Chris Sheban is a poignant but gentle introduction to death and loss. A grandfather shares his hobby of birdwatching with his three grandchildren, particularly the youngest, Milo, who is a “listener”. When their grandfather’s health declines, the three grandchildren find a lasting connection with him through the shared love of birds. Veteran children’s author MacLachlan handles the subject with beautiful delicacy and Sheban’s fluid watercolor illustrations saturate the book’s pages with color and light.