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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
In Gray Whiskers: A Kid's Guide for Loved Ones Growing Old, Lisa Wiehebrink uses a boy's dog growing old, just like his grandparents, to illustrate to children what happens when their grandparents and other people in their lives grow older. Jack was a little boy when his parents adopted his puppy friend Cooper, so they grew up together. Jack introduces himself and Cooper, with his gray whiskers, just like his grandparents' hair turning gray. Wiehebrink uses quite a few illustrations of how dogs and people alike grow old and what to expect when this happens. What better way to explain an issue this delicate than to use a pet.
Lisa Wiehebrink does an excellent job writing this book. I like that she stresses how the most important thing is that even though people and dogs get old, the love is still there and we must treat them with love and kindness. I cannot leave out Karen Gilstrap and her fabulous job with the illustrations in Gray Whiskers. Whether it is inside or outside the house, the colorful, vibrant scenes go well with the story. I love the unique characters Gilstrap depicts, and the way the adorable and fun characters bring the story to life. Lisa Wiehebrink and Karen Gilstrap make a wonderful team of storytelling with their creative writing and illustrating. I look forward to more from this pair in the future. There is so much more in this precious little book. To get the real feel of the book and atmosphere, you need to read it for yourself.