“Old Hu Hu”
illustrated by: Rachel Driscoll Rachel and her partner Michael Greenfield worked together on this book, to make the evocative and beautiful illustrations so special.
published by: Scholastic, 2009 A Storylines Notable Book in 2010.
Age: 4 – 8 years (I think.)
Theme: death, loss, educational, science
Synopsis: Old Hu Hu flew all the way to the moon (so they said) then fell down dead.
A moving tale of discovering what happens when someone dies. While Hu Hu Tu is heartbroken that Old Hu Hu has died, he is encouraged to look around him to see his old friend is everywhere, in all things that make up the world around us such as the clouds, soil, and air, flowers or hair. It is only when he awakes one morning to discover his beloved Old Hu Hu lives on within that he begins to understand.
Why I liked it: The simple beautifully message so delicately written accompanies the whimsical illustrations. As one reviewer wrote… “if you look closely at the illustrations you can see Old Hu Hu in the background, reminding us that those we love never really leave us.”
Resources/ Findings: http://www.scholastic.co.nz/Club/Pdfs/Old%20Hu-hu.pdf is an Activity page from Scolastics…in PDF form as a teachers aid in encouraging discussions and activities.
http://www.picturebooks.co.nz/old-hu-hu-activities/ also has teacher aid activities relating to science and also regarding losing a loved one.
http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writers/mewburnkyle.htmlKyle Mewburn’s very organised website, is an amazing source of information from Educational resource for teachers to files of information on many of New Zealand writers plus reviews on his books and question and answers for kids of all ages regarding his books and writing in general.
For more books with resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Picture Perfect Book.