This book is a great chapter book for the intermediate grades. Children can learn about the good and bad things about living forever. You can show the movie to the students (if allowed) so then they can see if their imagination about the story matches up with the movie.
Mikis and the Donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak is the 2015 Mildred L. Batchelder Award winner for outstanding children's book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States. Translated by Laura Watkinson.