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Quinn Says Goodbye
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Release Date: August 2019
Page Count: 32
Size: 9 x 9
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-7369-7434-9
Case Lot Quantity: 36

Quinn Says Goodbye

Friends May Go Away, but God Is Here to Stay

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Goodbye Is Never Easy, but God Can Make It Better
When Quinn the Owl makes a new friend, a firefly named Blink, she is filled with joy. But one night, Quinn wakes up to find her friend has disappeared in a flash.     
“Momma, why didn’t God make Blink stay with me? Didn’t he know how much I loved him?”
“God doesn’t always stop bad things from happening, Quinn. But He does promise that He will always be with you, and He will never stop being your friend.”
Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written, Quinn Says Goodbye is designed for children dealing with different kinds of loss, whether it be death of a pet or a family member, or simply the loss of a favorite toy. Remind little ones that although people and things might not be in their life forever, God will never leave them.

Meet the authors

Christie Thomas

Christie Thomas, the “Bedtime Devo Mama,” has written for various websites, including The MOB Society and The Better Mom. She’s the author of the interactive and multisensory devotional book Wise for Salvation. Christie lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband and three boys.

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Sydney Hanson

Sydney Hanson was raised in Minnesota alongside numerous pets and brothers. Her illustrations and paintings still reflect these early adventures and are marked by a love for animals and the natural world. Sydney has worked for several major animation shops including Nickelodeon and Disney Interactive.

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08/05/19 Natasha M.


“Quinn Says Goodbye” is a lovely illustrated story of a young owl who finds an injured firefly and nurses it back to health. One day the firefly is gone, and Quinn the owl is naturally very upset and tries to find it. Quinn’s mother comforts her and reminds her that God is our friend and will always be with us. Quinn says a short prayer. Last page includes some firefly facts, plus addtitional verses and questions.

This story is very concise and I feel it would be best for preschoolers, although older siblings are going to enjoy reading along as well. (and of course the parent/adult reading the book will benefit from the reminder of God is with us through difficult times) I think this book is also helpful to prepare young children for loss or grief when it inevitably comes. My children (ages 6, 4, & 3) really enjoyed this book. Although they haven’t experienced any major loss yet, we do have family living far away, who we recently visited then had to leave, and I was able to tie that in at the end of the story. Makes a good conversation starter.

“Quinn Says Goodbye” would make an excellent addition to any public library’s grief section, church library, Christian family’s personal library - you will find yourself reaching for it again and again. It also makes a beautiful gift, especially appropriate for a child who has recently experienced some sort of loss. The author purposefully kept what happened to the firefly very open-ended, so you will be able to relate this story and message to a wide variety of situations, from the loss of a grandparent, miscarriage, to moving or having a close friend move away, in fostering families or a failed adoption, or those who live in mission / cross-cultural settings where people come and go a lot. I will be recommending this to all my international friends!

*PS: this is the sequel to “Quinn’s Promise Rock” - if you don’t have it yet, they would make a great gift set smile

08/03/19 Tara Dickson


After reading this book, I’m so happy to recommend it as book that will bring comfort to children who have had to say goodbye to someone or go through a season of change. The friendship between Quinn and Blink is precious and will move any reader.

08/02/19 Andrea Drake


This is a sweet children’s book that addresses loss in a somewhat undefined way such that it may be more relatable in a variety of situations. I adored the illustrations - so precious! - and was encouraged that it is a Biblically sound message, so I would have no problem reading it with my kids or gifting it to others. I am not convinced that it would fit perfectly in some especially difficult loss situations since the loss in this book is never fully defined, but it is an introduction to loss for very young readers, and a reminder for slightly (and much!) older ones of God’s faithfulness.

07/29/19 Deb


One of the main takeaways for me was when the author demonstrated how a gentle nudge to talk with God can help heal loss. The dialogue below between Quinn and her mama painted the most beautiful picture of truth and comfort.

Quinn tipped her beak upward.
“Mama, why didn’t God make Blink stay with me?
Didn’t he know how much I loved him?”

Mama gave Quinn a little squeeze as she spoke.
“God doesn’t always stop bad things from happening.
But he does promise that he will always be with
you, and he will never stop being your friend.
Do you want to talk to him right now?”

Children don’t know how to talk about loss and death and they don’t always find comfort in our explanations. As an adult, we tend to want to explain these things in ways that are logical and ease pain. The greatest truth is that we can explain simply and point a child to the Lord through prayer.

This book is beautiful in its message and illustrations.

One of my favorite parts of the book is actually the Note to Parents that explains talking to children about loss and offers conversation starters.

This is a resource that all churches should have on hand and a great resource to be kept in the home.

07/29/19 Rachel


After reading this book, I am recommending it because I think it gives a child words for processing loss. My family is personally going through a unique loss (my mother-in-law has sudden significant memory loss) that my kids (ages 2, 6, and 8) are trying to wrestle with. Since this book keeps the type of loss generic, it resonated with my kiddos.

In the moment they felt sad for Quinn when she had to say goodbye to Blink. Later on, we had conversations about their grandmother and how they are sad and miss spending time with her. I was able to use the story about Quinn and Blink to both validate their feelings of loss and to also remind them that in the times of sadness, God comforts us.

I received a preview copy of this book from the publisher, but all opinions are my own.

07/29/19 Chelsea B


My daughter (3) and son (8) both loved this book. The illustrations are beautiful and kept their attention. The message that it’s ok to be sad, or cry, and that through it all God is always there and loves us, is great for young and old to hear.

07/29/19 Kayla


I was gifted this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. And I just think this book is wonderful. Quinn is so sweet, just like in the first book, and Christie does a wonderful job artfully guiding little ones through the tough subject of loss

07/29/19 Samantha


Quinn Says Goodbye came at a perfect time for our family! My 4 year old (who loves owls and both of our Quinn books) has been quite concerned about death after recent losses of great grandparents and a close family friend’s dog. This book has helped guide some of the tough conversations we’ve had and has helped put our daughter more at ease with saying goodbye. As a parent, I really enjoyed that the ending and what happened to Blink is a bit more open ended so that it can be applied to numerous different situations where saying goodbye might be required. I also enjoyed the resource page for parents at the end.

07/29/19 Cindy


Quinn is such a thoughtful little owl. She helps and befriends a little firefly who later disappears. We can make assumption but we never really know where he went. That may help parents to use the book to start conversation is a variety of “loss” scenarios. Also, we sometimes have to process loss and grief with that same ambiguity, not really knowing what has happened.  God is ALWAYS there.

07/29/19 Amber


Quinn Says Goodbye is a beautifully written and illustrated book that will touch your heart in big ways.  This book takes the reader on a journey through loss and how God is always there with us in hard times. The way the author wrote the story allows the loss to fit into any sad situation your child may be going through, whether it is the loss of a family member, a pet death, or a friend moving far away, Quinn Says Goodbye is the perfect companion to help navigate your child through their loss. Even as an adult, I found so much peace in this book. I would highly recommend it!

07/29/19 Tanya


Quinn says Goodbye is a beautifully illustrated story about a little Owl losing her friend. Quinn and her mother, upon returning to their nest one day, discover a firefly that has been hurt. The first thing I love about this book is the compassion of Quinn as she asks her Mama if they can help the firefly recover. Quinn and the firefly, whom she names Blink, become friends and have lots of fun together until one day when Quinn returns and discovers Blink is gone. Quinn searches but cannot find her friend. This book beautifully depicts a story of loss and the sadness that comes with grieving a loss. We are never told what happens to Blink so this book makes a fantastic conversation starter with kids on a variety of losses. I love that the story both affirms that bad things sometimes happen and that it is ok to express grief while reminding us that God is with us and will never leave us through those bad things. I also appreciated that Mama invited Quinn to talk with God about her sadness. The book concludes with Quinn recognizing a beautiful reminder of her friend. I have read this book several times to my 2 and 4 year old and they both love the story. They are so sad when Blink is gone and wonder what happened to him and this has led to some wonderful conversations about loss and how we can talk with God about our sadness. Another bonus is the fun facts about fireflies and the conversation starters for families at the end of the book. We often do not recognize that kids experience loss and grief and need a way to process their feelings. This is a fantastic resource for parents, pastors, Sunday school teachers and anyone looking for a gentle way to introduce a conversation about loss and grief with young kids.

Quinn Says Goodbye is such a great story to help begin the conversation about loss! Our household really enjoyed meeting Blink, a cute little firefly, who comes into Quinn’s life for a short time. People come & go in life, for various reasons, & knowing God is always with us is an important lesson to remember! Thank you Christie for sharing this story with the world & helping parents & children begin the conversations about loss!

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