Always Remember

Cece Meng

Age: 4-9
Picture Book
Keywords: Coping with death/loss


After Old Turtle swims his last swim and breathes his last breath, and the waves gently take him away, his friends lovingly remember how he impacted each and every one of them. As the sea animals think back on how much better Old Turtle made their lives and their world, they realize that he is not truly gone, because his memory and legacy will last forever.
A touching tribute to a compassionate and wise friend who dies, this tells the story of the beautiful sea creatures living in the deep and the challenges that they face. Life in the reef was made better for all of the sea creatures because of Old Turtle. He was a thoughtful friend and a skilled teacher. When disaster struck, Old Turtle was there to lend a helping hand and fix problems. He was an adventurer, an explorer, and a comedian, and he will be sorely missed. The day Old Turtle dies, his absence is felt by all. However, his legacy will live on forever. This is a wonderful reminder that each act of kindness that one commits has great impact on others. The deep blues, greens, and browns of the full-page digitally created illustrations take readers underwater for a sneak peek of life below the surface. Each situation introduced by the text becomes more vivid because of the rich colors and attention to detail.