The Dragonfly Secret: A Story of Boundless Love

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Love and hope transcend all boundaries when a boy and a dragonfly meet. An impossible encounter? Lea journeys through a beautiful garden to discover the boy's secret. As she follows his clues, Lea meets people who need her help. And at the end, the unexpected secret is revealed. Discover the power of boundless love in this heartfelt story of friendship, family, and remembrance. Beautifully illustrated, The Dragonfly Secret gently encourages children and adults to explore life's infinite possibilities. Because of ...
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Overview

Love and hope transcend all boundaries when a boy and a dragonfly meet. An impossible encounter? Lea journeys through a beautiful garden to discover the boy's secret. As she follows his clues, Lea meets people who need her help. And at the end, the unexpected secret is revealed. Discover the power of boundless love in this heartfelt story of friendship, family, and remembrance. Beautifully illustrated, The Dragonfly Secret gently encourages children and adults to explore life's infinite possibilities. Because of it, readers may look at nature in an entirely new light.
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The Dragonfly Secret is a heartwarming story of love and remembrance. It provides a degree of reassurance to children that loved ones exist in some form after they've passed. It is also an altruistic tale of friendship. The dialogue is carefully scripted and flows at a nice, even pace.

The message is deepened by Gibson's exquisite watercolor illustrations. Her nature scenes are colorful, vivid, and detailed with a soft quality that complements the sensitive storyline perfectly. The reader will want to step right into that peaceful garden. Though Lea communicates with humans, her image is realistic and not a caricature of an insect.

Whether used as a coping aid or read for pleasure, The Dragonfly Secret is a wonderful tool for parents and teachers to have on hand. It approaches a delicate topic with sensitivity and care, guiding children through difficult times. The authors have a talent for storytelling and can relate well to a child's perspective. The Dragonfly Secret would make a wonderful gift for a child facing loss in any form.
Children's Literature - Charles E. Kreinbucher
In a seemingly mystical garden, complete with the most beautiful plants and the bright warm sun, a butterfly and dragonfly are playing. Suddenly, a young boy appears and befriends Lea, the dragonfly. They spent this day, and the following one, playing ball and hide and seek. The dragonfly realizes that he has not asked the boy his name. The boy promises to tell his name and a secret if the dragonfly delivers a message and completes three small deeds. The first task is to find a ball cap in the garden and land on it. Upon doing so, Lea meets an old couple, who then tell him to come tomorrow and find a bear and land on it. Lea is confused, but is told again that the secret message can only be delivered by a special dragonfly. The next day, Lea finds a man and woman sitting on a bench, and beside them are a cap and a brown bear. Appearing in the background are the old man and woman, and the boy. Lea is encouraged and lands on the hat. She notices that the people on the bench are crying in joy. The secret is revealed that the boy and older folks have passed and gone to the peaceful garden. The dragonfly has the secret power to communicate between the two worlds. This is a companion story to "The Dragonfly Door", and is truly a story of selfless love and encouragement. It is a complex story, and a difficult read for young children, yet the concepts of death and loss are gently introduced. The authors offer a cautionary note for parents to conduct a pre-read for suitability. Reviewer: Charles E. Kreinbucher
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934066133
  • Publisher: Feather Rock Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Clea and John Adams co-founded Feather Rock Books in 2005 with the goal of publishing thoughtful and inspiring stories. The Dragonfly Secret is their tribute to life's unexplained moments that lead us to pause and to wonder. The couple hopes this book offers comfort and inspiration when needed most. The Dragonfly Secret is a companion book to The Dragonfly Door, John's story for children coping with loss and change.
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Lea explored other parts of the garden. She looked under a picnic table and peeked inside the gardener's tool shed. Suddenly, Lea felt a strange stillness. The birds and insects were quiet. Someone nearby was crying. Lea flew cautiously toward the sound. A woman sat on a wooden bench in the corner of the garden. Lea could see her face wet with tears. The light around the woman seemed dim. For a moment, Lea's wings felt very heavy. She, too, felt sad. This must be what the woman feels, she thought. The woman continued to cry. Uncertain of what to do, Lea made her way to the branch of a nearby tree. She looked at the woman. Something caught her attention. Beside the woman on the bench was ...
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  • Posted February 25, 2009

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    The Dragonfly Secret: A Story of Boundless Love is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com

    THE DRAGONFLY SECRET is a beautifully illustrated story of hope for everyone. With vibrant, detailed pictures, the story is told with a bit of mystery and whimsy. <BR/><BR/>Lea, a small dragonfly, first seen in the companion book, THE DRAGONFLY DOOR, encounters a young boy playing in a meadow. The two begin playing hide and seek and having a good time. Before the day ends, the boy promises to tell the dragonfly a secret if she promises to do three things for him. Her first task is to search for a baseball hat the next time she's in the garden. Lea immediately agrees and the boy leaves. <BR/><BR/>The next day, while Lea searches for the baseball hat, she encounters an elderly couple who asks her if she's found the baseball hat yet. She tells them she's only started looking for it. Then, like the boy, they ask for her to find something. She is also to find a brown bear in the garden. <BR/><BR/>Lea is determined to find both of these things so that she can get to the third thing to learn the boy's secret. <BR/><BR/>But when Lea does discover the baseball hat and the bear, she learns the secret on her own. <BR/><BR/>Though the underlying theme may seem of loss when Lea discovers the boy's secret, underneath that loss is a feeling of hope. The loved ones learn that they are watched over and all is well. Instead of being sad at the loss suffered in the book, the family is full of joy upon the understanding of Lea's part in the discovery.

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  • Posted October 17, 2008

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    another sensitive and hopeful story

    Lea, the dragonfly from The Dragonfly Door, is playing hide-and-seek with her butterfly friend Tess in the garden on a summer morning. While hiding from Tess, Lea sees a boy sitting on the ground among the daisies. After Tess goes home, Lea stays and plays tag with the boy during the afternoon, and the boy asks if she wants to meet in the morning. The next day, they return to play again, and the boy asks her to do a favor for him by carrying a message by landing on a baseball cap in the garden. When Lea tries to find it, she meets an old couple walking in the garden. They seem to know what she is doing and also ask her to carry a message by landing on a brown toy bear the next day.<BR/> The next morning, Lea goes to fulfill her mission and finds a young woman sitting on a park bench, crying, with a baseball cap beside her. The woman is joined by a man with a brown toy bear in his coat pocket. Lea is somewhat afraid but remembers her promise, so she lands on the cap and then the bear. Suddenly the boy and the old couple appear, and a special secret is revealed. Like The Dragonfly Door, this book is another sensitive story that deals with sorrow and comfort. It is the authors' tribute to life's unexplained moments which lead us to pause and to wonder. There are touches of sadness, mystery, surprise, and encouragement that make the book one that I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    Very cute book

    This is such a beautiful story. I was in tears reading it. When my favorite aunt passed away I had gotten little signs like that. Its nice to know that there can be signs out there. My son loved the book. The illustrations are beautiful in the book as you can see below. The book is about a mother and father who are grieving the death of their son and the fathers parents. David uses the dragonfly to get the attention of his parents. He gives the dragonfly three things to do for him the next day in the garden. All which Lea, the dragonfly does. Its a beautiful story about love and hope that transends all bountries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2008

    Dealing with grief or loss, this will help you heal and pull at your heart!

    Perfect for : Dealing with loss/grief, children and adults In a nutshell: The story brought tears to my eyes - literally. I had to look around to make sure no one was staring at me! The book is an easy read, and will provide comfort to people who are trying to cope with grief and/or loss. The book is written in a way that both kids and adults will understand, and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. I feel this would be an appropriate gift for someone dealing with the loss of a loved one. I've got a relative who is a family/child/personal counselor, and I plan to share this book with her as I feel she will be able to recommend it to clients. First Paragraph: On a bright summer morning, Lea played hide-and-seek in the garden with Tess, her butterfly friend. She hid among the flowers and giggled to herself. Suddenly, a boy appeared. He sat on the ground next to some daisies and rested his chin in his hands. Lea moved closer to get a better look. He turned toward her and smiled. My Review: Per the authors, this is a companion book to The Dragonfly Door, which I have not read. This is the story of Lea, a dragonfly, who meets a boy while playing in the park. We are taken on Lea's quest to discover the boy's secret. While on her quest, she meets the boy's grandparents, learning that only she can see the boy and his grandparents. The story concludes with Lea having the ability to bring comfort to the boy's grieving parents in her own special way, with the help of the boy and his grandparents. Characters: The characters in the book have a warm, inviting feeling to them. We do not get a lot of detail about any of the characters, but we learn enough to understand and appreciate the authors' message. Story-Line: The story is written in a way to help people, both young and old alike, to deal with grief and loss. I did not notice any religious leanings in the book, so people will be able to use this book to augment their personal beliefs 'dealing more with beliefs of what happens when someone dies'. Readability: The story is very easy to follow, and easy to read. Illustrations: I've got two words - absolutely beautiful . . . stunning, intricate, peaceful, I could really go on and on here . . . Overall: A very nice book that helps to fill a need when someone is trying to cope with loss. About the Authors: 'Taken from the back flap of the book' 'Clea and John Adams co-founded Feather Rock Books in 2005 with the goal of publishing thoughtful and inspiring stories. The Dragonfly Secret is their tribute to life's unexplained moments that lead us to pause and to wonder. The couple hopes this book offers comfort and inspiration when needed most. Clea and John reside in Minnesota.'

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