About the Book
The children’s book Where’s Pa? touches on the sensitive subject of death, depicting how a family deals with the pain and grief of losing a loved one. It also portrays a simple vision of what heaven might be like from a child’s perspective.
Young Ruby has lost her beloved “Pa.” But in the sad days that follow, her family begins to wonder if Pa is really gone. Discussing death is never easy. But this book offers insights on what you can say to young children to help alleviate grief and begin the path to healing.
This beautifully illustrated picture book is more than just a bedtime story for children. It’s about a little girl who unexpectedly loses a grandparent and what happens next. Join Ruby on her imaginative and poetic journey as she helps her family understand that life does come full circle, and love really is eternal.
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About the Author
Sally Hetherington is a Melbourne-based graphic artist and musician, and is the mum of her beautiful daughter Ruby, who inspired the idea of Where’s Pa? The author grew up on her family’s farm in Victoria’s Western District, where the story is based. Writing became her way of coping when her father, Maurice (Ruby’s Pa), suddenly passed away in 2007. Her mum, Jan Hetherington, is a renowned artist, and her interpretation of Sally’s poem “Where’s Pa?” comes alive with her vibrant and detailed illustrations. “Writing and Illustrating Where’s Pa? has been a therapeutic journey for Mum and me. We always felt Dad by our sides, giving us the strength to carry on. Through this book, we wanted to convey the message to the grandchildren that their Pa still loves them and will always be with them in a spiritual sense.”