How You Can Help a Child That is Dealing with Grief! Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong

Josh Armstrong & Taylor Bills
Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong

  • Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong
  • Illustrated by Taylor Bills
  • Hardcover: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Josh Armstrong (February 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986237000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986237003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 in.

“Leaving a legacy is the dream of every artist. Josh Armstrong’s tale reminds us that fame and fortune can never replace true love and admiration.
Taylor Bills’ illustrations vividly bring the characters to life and wonderfully enhance this emotional story.”
– Barry Cook, Co-director of Mulan and Arthur Christmas

In Picture of Grace, six-year-old Grace aspires to be an artist like her grandfather Walt, who is under pressure from the greedy gallery owner Delilah Kain to finish his latest masterpiece. When tragedy strikes, Grace learns about art as an expression of love and grief. Picture of Grace features illustrations by Taylor Bills, whose credits include Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen’s acclaimed children’s book Tear Soup. 

My Thoughts
As an adult it is hard to say good-bye when someone close to us passes away! What can a child possibly be feeling in the same circumstance? I suggest that you read this book before sharing it with a child that has been grieved by the loss of a family member or friend.  If you read along with your child from Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong, allow time for reflection and ample opportunity to engage with the child as she/he expresses their feelings, if they so desire. You may ask questions about the story and characters to get the conversation flowing. Relating with the character Grace and how she was brave during the tragedy may give comfort to your child as well. 

Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong - Illustrations by Taylor Bills

Yes, Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong is an beautifully inspiring and illustrated story about a six-year-old Grace, that desires to grow up and be an artist just like her Grandpa Walt. But there is much more to this story and that is why I recommend Picture of Grace for any child that has questions about dealing with the passing away of a family member, friend or schoolmate. 

Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong  - Illustrations by Taylor Bills

"I’m thankful to have the opportunity to share Picture of Grace," says the first-time author. "I hope each reader finds something to enjoy in the book. But most of all, I hope Picture of Grace helps children who are facing a challenge similar to Grace’s — that it inspires to them to remember, honor and stand up for those they love."
~ Josh Armstrong

Picture of Grace
Josh Armstrong & Beautiful Wife Chelsea

About Josh Armstrong
Josh Armstrong is a bereavement counselor for Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care in North Carolina.  He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the bereavement newsletter, The Next StepPicture of Grace is the authors first children's book. He contributes to The Elkin Tribune, The Mount Airy News, The Weekly Independent and The Winston-Salem Journal.

About Taylor Bills
For over 20 years, freelance illustrator Taylor Bills has been earnestly at work contributing his artist talent to projects like Picture of Grace, Tear Soup, Someone Came Before You, and We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead.  

For more social interaction, please visit Josh Armstrong (www.josharmstrong.com) and Taylor Bills (www.illustrationplanet.com) online. 

Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong can be purchased in hardcover, paperback or on Kindle. It can be found at Amazon and other retailers nationwide. 

Thank you,
Janet Coffield
Loving Heart Designs
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a complimentary copy of Picture of Grace by Josh Armstrong through Mammoth.

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