When Aunt Mattie Got Her Wings tells the tale of Lottie the chicken's beloved Aunt Mattie's last days on earth. Aunt Mattie has lived a long, fulfilled life and is tired and ready for what is next. Mathers tells the her story and the pain and loss her good friends Lottie and Herbie experience with grace and a touch of humor. Death here is treated as another part of life; a profound and moving experience and Mathers' clear, loving text and pictures provide a beautiful way for children to approach the concept of death.
This book should earn a place with the other children's classics, The Tenth Good Thing About Barney andBadger's Parting Gifts.
Lottie the Chicken deals with the loss of Aunt Mattie in this gently sad and sweetly funny picture book that explores the death of a loved one, in the tradition of Judith Viorst's The Tenth Good Thing about Barney. Aunt Mattie has died. But before she went, she got to say good-bye to Lottie. Then she got to follow a light to a bustling gate. (A gate that sounded a lot like a busy airport ) And there she found a crew of friends who were waiting to take off with her on a new journey. Will Lottie and Herbie be able to overcome their sadness? They will, with time, and by taking a journey of their own--a journey filled with a little heartache, a lot of happiness, and a batch of Aunt Mattie's favorite peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. (With bananas, of course )