Bubbles For Poppo


After her grandfather’s death, Jenny explores grief in a realistic and positive way. Through her journey to understand loss, Jenny learns that the love she shared with her Poppo is continuing to grow, even after his death. He will always be her Poppo, and that will never change!
Key Points
  • Answers questions for children about death, and how it changes their lives
  • Offers comfort and hope to children who have experienced a death
  • Shows children how to feel happiness after the death of a loved one
  • Models the importance of keeping our loved one close in our hearts – death does not end the relationship, it continues in a new way
  • Encourages children to create rituals that help them to remember
  • Helps children to move beyond grief to find happiness again

Bubbles for Poppo follows Jenny several months after Poppo’s death. In this fourth book of the POPPO Series, Jenny practices all the ways that her grandfather taught her to keep him close. She talks openly to her parents, and she learns that even though she cannot see or hear Poppo the way she used to before he died; he is still very much with her in her heart. Bubbles for Poppo shows us how to move on after the death of a loved one and to feel happiness again. This book is ideal for a child who needs comfort after the loss of a loved one.

"When my son experienced the death of both of his grandfathers very close together, he struggled to understand how this could happen and didn't know how to share his feelings. He was six, and as a parent, it was hard to find the right words to talk about death with him.  Along came the Poppo books.  We read Bubbles for Poppo together, and my son loved it so much we bought the complete set of Poppo books, including the Memory Book.  The stories are easy to relate to and they provided us with so many ways to have a conversation about death. These books teach about lasting love, and gave my son and I the language to talk about our feelings of loss and grief together.  We read them over and over, each time processing a bit more about death and how to celebrate the lives of our loved ones.  Five years later, the Poppo books are still a part of my son's library, and we occasionally still read them together.  When his friend experienced a death in their family, he asked if we could buy the Poppo books for them so they could talk the way we did. I recommend these books to anyone looking for the right words to talk about death with a young child in a way that is open and developmentally appropriate.  They helped us immensely in a time that was difficult for us all, especially my son."

Jess Welch, Principal

Bubbles for Poppo is the fourth book in a series written by Annie MacDonald to help children cope with the failing health and death of a loved one. As with the previous three books in the series, What’s up with Poppo?Poppo’s Half-Birthday Wish, and Poppo’s Very Best Trick, this book is beautifully illustrated and written in a way that deals with the issue of death honestly and directly but yet is comforting and hopeful. In this book, Jenny, the delightful little girl who has lost her beloved grandfather, is still emotionally processing the loss six months later. She remembers him fondly and misses him terribly. Jenny’s parents allow her to talk about him and his death freely. They encourage her to express her feelings openly. Their answers to her many questions are simple but honest. These conversations provide a positive model for parents to help their own children in the grief process. Often parents don’t know what to say to their children or how to answer the questions that children naturally have about death. This book is a good place to start that conversation. Bubbles for Poppo also includes a generic spiritual framework for children to deal with death. And, in addition, to including the ritual of a visit to the cemetery, Jenny creates her own rituals that help her remember her Poppo and comfort her in her loss. Both the spiritual aspect and the rituals are important, effective methods of helping children grieve. The book ends on a positive, hopeful note as Jenny once again finds Poppo in her heart.

Annie MacDonald has created another book that would be a valuable resource for anyone helping children cope with death and loss. As a professional, I would recommend it to any helping professional working with children who have suffered a loss. As a parent, not only would I recommend it to any parent or grandparent, I would use it with my own children. Nicely done, Annie, once again!”  Terry Raposo, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist