by Jeanine Deas
illustrated by Rebecca Reinhart
Anna’s Little Buddy is a story about friendship between a young child and his neighbor. It is also a story about grief and loss—when having to say goodbye to a beloved friend.
Join little Buddy on his special journey, filled with new discoveries, wonder, joys, and memory-making moments.
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“Jeanine’s writing is pure and from the heart. Her story, Anna’s Little Buddy, is relatable to children and adults alike. This beautifully written and illustrated book captures the essence of friendship and loss through the eyes of a child and his mother, while emphasizing the importance of community.”
—Susan Roy, Executive Director, Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area
“This lovely story of friendship of a child and an adult is clear and direct. The story helps the reader face the death of a loved one. The good memories Little Buddy has of Anna will help him as he goes on in life. That is a reassurance that all children seek and need.”
—Ashley Bryan, Distinguished Award-winning Children’s Book Author and Illustrator
About the Author
Jeanine Deas currently lives in central Maine. She is an Early Childhood Educator and Licensed Social Worker with a BA in Mental Health and Human Services. She has dedicated her career to advocating, supporting, and improving the quality of life for children and families.
The inspiration for Anna’s Little Buddy grew out of Jeanine’s volunteer work facilitating children’s support groups at the Center for Grieving Children.
About the Illustrator
Rooted firmly in the arts, Rebecca Reinhart has been a modern dancer, a goldsmith, a graphic designer and now, with Anna’s Little Buddy, an illustrator. She and her husband live in Maine.