The Last Goodbye

The Last Goodbye is a semi-autobiographical story about loss and nostalgic reminiscence of childhood. The son sets off for boarding school and later makes the long trip overseas to begin his career. Whether at the bus stop or at the airport, his father is always there to see him off on his journeys.

When the son realizes he should spend more time with his father, he finds his father very ill and misses the opportunity to bid his father a final goodbye.

Images of the orchid serve as a visual metaphor for the transformation of the father, from how his son remembers him while growing up to the sad discovery that his father is no longer there.


Early Reviews and Awards

Bologna Children’s Book FairThe Last Goodbye was chosen as one of eight finalists in the Silent Book Contest at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. “The Last Goodbye tells, through illustrations without text, the poignant story of a son’s relationship with his father.”

About the Author

YUAN PANYUAN PAN is an artist, graphic designer, and illustrator. He teaches graphic design in the Art Department of Keene State College in New Hampshire. he received a BFA in Chinese Painting from the Yunnan Art Institute in China and a MFA in Digital Art from the Memphis College of Art. Yuan Pan’s creative work is strongly influenced by his Chinese painting and calligraphy background, as well as by modern Western art and design. He makes use of both traditional and digital media in his art and design works. While focusing on the process of visual achievements and aesthetic value, he uses art as a tool to reflect his thoughts and attitudes about life and his understanding of Western and Eastern philosophies.


An illustrated picture book for children & adults
$24.95 with color illustrations throughout
Hardcover | 30 pages | 8.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-0-9909733-0-0
Pub Date: May 1, 2015
Bookstores can order via Ingram, Baker & Taylor, or directly from Midpoint Trade Books

Contact the publisher at or 802-380-1121
to request an advance reader copy as print or PDF.