Elderly Mr Milligan and his aged goat Charlie are
next door neighbours and best friends with young Grace.
The seaside opposite
their homes is a favourite place where they share many hours. Fresh cream with
fruit is enjoyed by all in, and from, Mr Milligan’s garden.
When Charlie loses his appetite, Mr Milligan, with
Grace, take him to the vet.
They wait for their turn beside all the other sick
animals and their owners.
But growing old is not something that can be cured.
Mr Milligan spends all his time with Charlie – at
the sea, and in the garden under the trees. Together they visit Grace one more
Then Mr Milligan is sad and alone.
So is Grace.
The old man no longer sits at the seaside with his
thermos and biscuits, but inside his house.
Grace must think of something to fix her best
friend’s sadness and bring his smile back.
Poignant and moving, Grace and Mr Milligan portrays
the remembrance of love and happy times; reflections that sustain in times of
loss and grief.
Beautifully illustrated by Pip Kruger, the images
enhance Caz Goodwin’s excellent text with their tenderness, obvious in the
friendship and compassion of the young for the old and vice-versa.
An ideal resource to use for explaining ageing, loss
and grief, and how loving memories can be the most precious of all requisites
Title: Grace And Mr Milligan
Author: Caz Goodwin
Illustrator: Pip Kruger
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish, $15.99
Publication Date: 7 February 2023
For ages: 3 – 6
Type: Picture Book