Trevor and Me
Yuno Imai, Author
Liuba Syroliuk, Illustrator
Yumo Imai, Fiction, Jun. 16, 2020
Suitable for ages: 5-9
Themes: Intergenerational friendship, Declining health, Loss, Grief, Inspirational
Opening: “Trevor is my best friend. With a shining smile like the sun, silver curly hair, and a wrinkled face He always wears his favorite red beret.”
Trevor and Me defies the boundaries of age, gender and race. It is a heartwarming story based on the real-life friendship between an elderly Caucasian man and a young Asian girl. As Trevor’s health starts to decline and he prepares to die, he promises to always be with the girl even after he’s gone. Trevor dies and the girl is filled with grief until one day she begins to receive signs to let her know Trevor is and always will be with her.
Why I like this book:
Trevor and Me is a celebration of life and portrays an afterlife in a non-religious, beautiful and gentle manner. It is an inspirational and poetic journey about the unbreakable friendship between a girl and her special grandfatherly friend, Trevor. They enjoy long walks in the park and stops at a café until one day the girl notices he is growing weak. Trevor begins to prepare the girl for his death and promises to always watch over her.
Trevor and Me is based on the author’s own real-life experience with an elderly gentleman, named Trevor. It is with great love that she turns her experience into such an uplifting story to read and discuss with children who have lost a grandparent or family member. Trevor and Me brings hope and puts a smile on your face. Liuba Syroliuk’s delicate illustrations and beautiful watercolor illustrations evoke emotions of love, grief, and joy. Lovely collaboration.
Resources/Activities: Help children plant a special tree in memory of a loved one. Have them draw or write about special memories they had with the loved one so they won’t forget. Make a memory box where you can put something special the belonged to a loved one side. You may want to add photos, card/letters written to the child by the loved one. This will help a child touch, read and look at the items so they keep their favorite memories alive.
Yuno Imai is a Los Angeles based children’s author, food and travel writer, and copy editor. She is also author of the book, The Last Meal. She is originally from Hamamatsu, Japan, and came to the United States as a high school foreign exchange student in a small Kansas town. After graduating from high school in Japan, she returned to the US to attend San Francisco State University. She graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She has over 10 years experience as a translator and has work extensively for major American and Japanese companies and celebrity clients. Visit Yuno at her website.
Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books (PPB) with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.
*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for a review.
16 thoughts on “Trevor and Me by Yuno Imai”
A book to help children deal with death is always welcome.
Yes, I enjoy reviewing a wide variety of books that help children deal with loss and grief. This book is very personal.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Thanks for your review. I’m going to pick this one up for my 7-year-old niece who is dealing with the first big loss in her life—a dear relative who was also her best friend.
It is a sweet story about a girl being prepared for the death of her best friend.
Sounds like the perfect addition to my collect of titles that help of navigate our way through loss on the grief walk. Thank you, Pat.
You are welcome, Barbara. Lovely book for children dealing with grief.
This sounds like such a beautiful book, so poignant. Don’t we all have loved ones whom we miss and are touched by moments when it feels like they are still with us? It’s such an important part of grief, I think.
Yes, this book will be helpful as it gives them a sense that the friend will always be in the heart and memories.
LikeLiked by 1 person
This looks so tender and beautiful!
I love the many different grief books that are available for children. This one is just a little different and can be used in many different ways.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Sounds like an interesting book. I’ll have to see if my library has it. Thanks for the heads up.
It is a lovely story based on a real-life experience.
What a lovely take on grief and loss and those illustrations are touching.
It is a unique grief book. I’m so pleased there are a variety of grief books available to families and children. Yes, the illustrations are touching.
this sounds lovely.
It is a lovely grief story based on the author’s real-life experience with an older gentleman she befriended.