Thursday, December 20, 2018
Piggy in Heaven
By Melinda Johnson
Illustrated by Soraya Bartolome
To Be Published by Paraclete Press, January 8th 2019
This is a truly delightful board book, written by the talented Melinda Johnson and beautifully illustrated by Soraya Bartolome, describing what happens when Piggy dies and wakes up in Heaven.
His initial confusion is eased when he finds new friends, discovers delicious things to eat and endless safe places to play.
The book has a serious message however, which is portrayed naturally, sweetly and simply: Piggy learns that love spans time, space, place and eternity, and that one day, we will be reunited with those we love and who love us.
Despite its sad beginning, this story is filled with joy, hope and anticipation. It is a hugely positive book, filled with faith and love, and is also a really great read.
I have lost count of the number of times we have had pet funerals with our children, spread over thirty years. I really wish I could have had an invaluable book like this to help ease the sadness when our girls were very young and had to say goodbye to a dearly loved little pet and work their way through the grieving process.