Excellent, Preschool, Primary, Loss, Grief, Friendship, Healing
Elba has a heavy, dark block that she carries around with her wherever she goes. Norris has a bright picnic basket ready for sharing and is followed by a flurry of butterflies wherever he goes. Norris tries to get Elba to go on outings with him, but Elba declines because she has a hard time dragging the block around. The more he befriends Elba, the smaller her block gets. Eventually, she agrees to go to the ocean with Norris, where, to their amazement, the block becomes smaller yet again. With a lighter block, Elba decides that she can go on outings with Norris and have fun without reservation.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 40:
10, Article 19.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol40/iss10/19