You Hold Me and I'll Hold You
Jo Carson, Annie Cannon (Illustrator)
Reading Level: 4 years and up
When a small girl hears her father's aunt has died and they must drive to Tennessee for the funeral, she worries about how different it will be from her backyard service for their hamster. It's so different in a church when relatives cry and a preacher is saying "all the stuff he's thought of." Death is enormous then, and that's when comfort ("You hold me," says Daddy, "and I'll hold you) is most precious. Full-color illustrations.