Love, Loss, Grandparent, Primary, Outstanding
Joshua cherishes his grandpa. Together, they eat banana and peanut butter sandwiches and travel through the sea on imaginary adventures. Grandpa is full of interesting things to share, and Joshua feels invincible around him. Then one day, Joshua notices the prominence of Grandpa’s wrinkles and a tremble in Grandpa’s hands. His fear escalates when his grandfather goes to the hospital, and even though his dad says it will be fine, Joshua remembers all the times that simply wasn’t true. During Joshua and Grandpa’s last fishing trip together, they talk about life and death and what it all means, which gives Joshua the reassurance that Grandpa’s spirit and love will never die.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"I’ll Be the Water: A Story of Grief, Loss, and a Grandparent’s Love,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 41:
11, Article 12.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol41/iss11/12