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10/28/2015 11:47
I was so curious about this book after reading an article in the local newspaper. This 11 year old has written a book that profoundly changed my thinking about death and even dying. Each one of those people that I have lost, has been reborn due to Zoe and her purity of heart and mind. I suggest this book for anyone at any age. It was a gift to read and will be a gift to give to others that believe they will never survive the loss of one they have loved dearly. Thank you Zoey!
10/28/2015 11:46

This is a wonderful book, and it was so insightful having it come from someone so young. This really makes you wonder where this young lady will go in life. I am a Librarian, and I see so much potential in this book. I often am asked for books on grief, and this is such a lovely take on death and remembering loved ones. I love how it reminds us that the anniversary of our loved ones death may be sad, but remembering them and keeping them alive in our hearts is very important.
As an adult, it took me back to losing many of my Grandparents, and seeing my parents grieve. I really wish that I could have given them this book. I love the idea that the anniversary of death can be called The Birthday of an Angel. We now have more angels in heaven watching over us, and that is a comforting thought.
I am really looking forward to suggesting this book for children and adults alike. Often we get parents who are trying to prepare a child for the loss of a grandparent, and they neglect to think of themselves in the needing category. This book will cover everyone from children to adults and remind them that it may be sad at first, but we can keep them alive in our hearts always. I fully recommend The Birthday of an Angel for everyone.

Missy Dixon, Youth Services Librarian at the Bellaire City Library
10/28/2015 11:45
Coping with the death of a loved one is arguably the most difficult task that we all must face at some point. As challenging as it is for adults to make sense of a significant loss, children who are bereaved have the dual burden of trying to understand what “death” actually means, while observing and absorbing the powerful grief reactions of the adults in their lives. In The Birthday of an Angel, Zoey Hess reminds adults and children alike that there is such thing as “good grief”. Her inspirational story teaches us how to foster positive and healthy connections with those we love after they have died. This book is truly unique in its adaptive grief perspective and its ability to demonstrate children’s healthy reactions to loss in ways that other youth will fully grasp and appreciate. Through her writing, Zoey Hess has succeeded in carrying on her grandfather’s remarkable legacy of compassion, healing, and spiritual growth.

Julie B. Kaplow, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Director, UT Trauma and Grief Center for Youth
10/21/2015 10:25
"Books are a powerful way for me to help children, in particular, to deal with the realities of losing a loved one. 'The Birthday of an Angel' is not only touching, but offers a message of hope and comfort. I am confident that Zoey is going to make difference in many kids' lives with her heartfelt words."
-Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth El
Michigan
10/21/2015 10:20
"I was not surprised that this wonderful book gave some comfort and solace to some grieving grandchildren. I know this work will continue to help many more with its simple yet profound idea."
-Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Yeshurun
Houston, Texas
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No other book, written by a child, explains the loss of a loved one from this unique and positive perspective. Readers of all ages are sure to be touched.