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Dr. Lisa Marotta and Dorothy Shaw

About Suki and Sam

Suki and SamSam loves her dog, Suki. She also loves to paint. But when Suki gets old and dies, Sam's grief washes all the color out of her world.

Dr. Lisa Marotta handles the topic of death with grace and compassion. The illustrations are tastefully executed, and not too graphic for the youngest of readers.

Every counselor, especially for children, and every library, school or public, needs this book.

"Suki and Sam is a must-have for any therapist's bookshelf! . . .It reminds children it's okay to miss their pet or the one who has died... It illustrates the very gradual process of working through grief ... The activities ... are very helpful as well." — Angela Dedmon, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Child Psychologist

"Touching and memorable, this lovely story offers a way for children and parents to deal with the loss of a beloved pet. The evocative illustrations partnered with a simple, sweet narrative brought me to tears--in a good way .••• Highly recommended!" — Amy Shojai, CABC, Award-winning author of more than 30 pet care books

Dr. Lisa MarottaDr. Lisa Marotta (author) is a clinical psychologist and writer. She has a thriving private practice and writes healing stories for children and their families. A soughtafter speaker, Dr. Marotta regularly shares mental health information at schools, churches, and other organizations in the Oklahoma City area. Her parenting advice has been featured in MetroFamily Magazine, and her essays and poems have won numerous awards. Dr. Marotta hopes her debut book, Suki and Sam, will help children navigate the complex feelings of grief. Follow her website, www.drlisamarotta.com, where she blogs about positivity, creativity, and happiness.

Dorothy ShawDorothy Shaw (illustrator) is an award-winning art director and graphic designer, painter and sculptor. She authored and illustrated Jerome the Stone, and has also illustrated four other children's books. She is honored to be paired with Dr. Marotta in producing this significant book, Suki and Sam. She says that Suki and Sam isn't just for kids; we all face grief in our lives.

View her website and art works at www.dorothyshaw.com.