My name is Gabriel Carlos. I live in a country called New
Zealand. I am half Kiwi (New Zealander) and half Brazilian. When Poppa died I was four years old. His name was Poppa Walter and he was always there.
The day he died my family was very sad. Everyone cried and told stories about him. I listened to them while I drew a picture. The drawing is of me burying Poppa. I have a spade in one hand and flowers in the other.
I told everyone at the dinner table that I was burying Poppa
But nobody seemed to listen!!!
Later Nana said it was a very special picture. She showed it to everyone and I was glad!
This is a self-help book in the genre of grief and loss. Poppa’s Present is a glimpse into the mind of four-year-old Gabriel Carlos as he experiences death in his family for the first time. Remembering the good times he had with his grandfather, Poppa Walter, Gabriel processes his grief through memories and rituals. The cover of the book depicts an original cartoon by Poppa Walter. It symbolizes the theme of healing through keeping the memory of the deceased alive in the present. “Present” is used as a pun, meaning both present time and gift.
About the Author
LYNETTE PAPP (MA. Hons, PG Dip. Counselling) is a practicing therapist in Auckland, New Zealand. Her MA was in English Literature and prior to becoming a counsellor, Lynette was a high school music and English teacher. Author of “Being with Asperger’s,” Lynette presents her second book “Poppa’s Present” in the children’s picture book genre. She was inspired to write and illustrate this children’s book after observing the spontaneous and healthy manner her grandchildren processed the loss of their precious grandfather, Poppa.