Everett Anderson's Goodbye

Lucille Clifton

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


A touching portrait of a little boy who is trying to come to grips with his father's death. Lucille Clifton captures Everett's conflicting emotions as he confronts this painful reality. We see him struggle through many stages, from denial and anger to depression and, finally, acceptance. In this spare and moving poem, the last in this acclaimed series, the writer brings Everett Anderson's life full circle.