A Whirl of the Wheel of Life: My Great Aunt Arizona

Wednesday, April 4, 2007.

My Great Aunt ArizonaAuthor: Gloria Houston
Illustrator: Susan Condie Lamb
Published: 1997 Harper Collins Canada
ISBN: 0064433749

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Gently illustrated and lovingly told, this fond reflection on a life generously lived shares the energy, emotion, dreams and disappointments of a woman who made her mark.

Other books mentioned: Miss Rumphius


Comment by Sharon Green

April 9, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

I really like your idea of sharing books about the cycle of life and also about death with children before an actual death occurs in their lives. I lost my father as a young child and I never really had much of a conversation about it. I realize now that no one talks to children when bad things like this happen because no one knows what to say. I think reading books like this with children and discussing life with children from an early age would create an outlet for them to share feelings and reference point later when something bad inevitably does happen.

Comment by Just One More Book!!

April 15, 2007 @ 8:43 pm


Thanks for listening and for sharing your perspective.

I am so sorry to hear about your childhood loss. How isolated you must have felt.

Luckily, today there are many wonderful books on the subject of the cycle of life — covering a whole range of approaches to the subject. I really believe it’s a shame that some parents are still reluctant to introduce the subject to their young children.

Thanks again for weighing in,

Comment by Charles Cadenhead

April 20, 2007 @ 10:50 am

My sister, gave this story to Freddie when she was younger and my sister is a teacher (most people in my family are teachers). So Freddie’s Aunt, the teacher, gave her this story, very ironic. 😀 This book has become one of our favorite stories over the years and it always gets me a little teary eyed when I read it. What a great story! Glad to hear that y’all like it.


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