Lily Hates Goodbyes Author: Jerilyn Marler Illustrator: Nathan Stoltenberg ISBN 13 978-1460960707 Retail $6.95 Soft Cover Rating Five stars Reviewed by David Broughton
Lily Hates Goodbyes is a special book, originally written as a way to help the real Lily, the author’s granddaughter, explore her feelings and deal with her dad's long military deployments. This little book captures many of the emotions a small child would experience. Jerilyn Marler wrote the book so well that the reader can't help but experience the same emotions. The illustrations are superb and capture the emotions perfectly. About a week before Scott (Daddy) got back, Lily and Geema were talking about Daddy’s return. Lily ran to the bedroom window, blew a kiss to the moon and said, “Good night, Daddy.” Then she smiled at Geema. "I know he heard that. Just like in the book." On the night he returned, when it was time for Lily's bedtime story routine, she took the book to Daddy, he read it to her, and they discussed the feelings the book talked about. At the end, they reenacted the jumping into his arms bit, just like on the docks. Jerilyn says that knowing Lily asked her Daddy to read the book on his first night back was “the culmination of the emotional arc" for her. Lily might say it more simply: Lily loves hellos.