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Target Audience:
  • Early Childhood (under 7 yrs old)

Picture book, Picture book featuring giraffes, Granddaughter grandfather relationships, Family love and respect, Sewing memories, Memory and loss, Death of grandparent

Needle and Thread
by Jan Thompson

Nie-Nie the giraffe’s Mommy can fix anything with a needle and thread! She can sew patches on hats, mend holes in garden shirts, and even soothe her daughter’s broken heart. Why is Nie-Nie’s heart broken? Because her Gramps has died and she misses him so much! Nie-Nie and Gramps used to spend all their time together, working in the garden, telling one another ‘knock, knock’ jokes, and hanging out together like best friends. But now he is gone, and Nie-Nie is very sad. But Mommy has an idea, and that idea will help Nie-Nie come to terms with her loss and keep the wonderful memories of her Gramps alive.

Cherished memories of reading books with her daughter when she was young inspired Sault Ste Marie-based author Jan Thompson to write this original children’s story. The story, Needle and Thread, is a sweet, simple and sensitive story about a little girl giraffe, her Gramps, and her Mommy—who can fix anything with a needle and thread. By repeating the refrain, Needle and Thread, Needle and Thread, throughout the book, Jan gently demonstrates to children how ordinary, everyday moments can become precious, everlasting memories and a true source of comfort at a time of loss.


Jan Thompson
Chad Thompson

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