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Reviewed by Rylanne Burdette for Readers' Favorite
In this beautiful book about letting go and accepting change, Keith the leaf enjoys life on a tree in the forest with his family, where he sees sunshine, birds, and more around him. As the seasons change, Keith begins to lose his family when they fall off the tree and tumble to the ground. However, Keith doesn’t want to let go, and for as long as he can, he holds on to that tree, even through the harsh weather. But unfortunately, Keith cannot hang on forever and he withers away, or does he? Cora Lydon’s Keith Says Goodbye is a heartwarming story about an important topic.
Keith Says Goodbye by Cora Lydon tugged at my heartstrings. This book felt a bit somber until the end when hope was found once again. I read Keith Says Goodbye with a slight frown on my face because of how sad it was, but the ending made me smile. The writing was lyrical and stunning, beautifully correlating with the illustrations on each page. The story was told from a unique perspective, that of a leaf, and I don’t see characters like this in children’s books nearly as often as I do animals and people. I think this worked though, and it fits perfectly with the theme of letting go where, in this case, it happened both physically and metaphorically for Keith the leaf. Keith Says Goodbye is an important book that I think will touch the hearts of children everywhere!