Deena the Damselfly

Deena the Damselfly

by Steven S. Rosman, Giora Carmi

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Deena, a damselfly nymph, cannot understand why her friends disappear at a certain age, and she promises others that should she ever solve the mystery, she will return to tell them. One day, she feels funny and finds she has metamorphosed into a damselfly. Intending to keep her promise, she flies back to the other nymphs, who neither recognize nor understand her. She begins a new life, consoled by the thought that someday they will join her. Carmi's green, gold, and blue pastel-crayon depiction of pond life is effective and appealing. Unfortunately, some of the bugs are given a Disney-like treatment--Deena wears a sappy smile and a bow. But the story works on several levels. It is a nature story that can be used in a unit on ecology; it is a metaphor for growing up; it can even be used as the basis for a discussion on death and afterlife. As the cliche goes, you can't judge a book by it cover--Deena, despite her looks, has depth. --Marcia Posner, Federation of New York and the Jewish Book Council, New York City

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URJ Press
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Product dimensions:
8.08(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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