Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children

Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children

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by Doris Stickney
     
 

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How can we answer the many questions young children have about death? Doris Stickney and her minister husband were looking for a meaningful way to explain to neighborhood children the death of a five-year-old friend — an explanation that would satisfy not only the children but adult minds as well. While they were preparing for the childs memorial service, the

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How can we answer the many questions young children have about death? Doris Stickney and her minister husband were looking for a meaningful way to explain to neighborhood children the death of a five-year-old friend — an explanation that would satisfy not only the children but adult minds as well. While they were preparing for the childs memorial service, the fable of the water bug that changed into a dragonfly came to mind. "Water Bugs and Dragonflies" tells the story of a small colony of water bugs living happily below the surface of a quiet pond. Every so often one of them climbs up a lily stalk and disappears from sight, never to return. Those left behind are faced with the mystery of figuring out what has become of them. Revealing the "miracle that makes shiny dragonflies out of ugly bugs", this graceful story reminds us that God has given us the means of transforming our metaphorical selves into dragonflies capable of winging off contentedly into a new world. Recognizing that "the old answers will not satisfy todays children", Stickney presents instead a simple, wise tale that illuminates a difficult reality without pretending to contain all the answers. This bona fide bestseller — more than 150,000 copies have been printed — is presented here in a deluxe gift edition, including newly rendered full-color illustrations. Set in large type so that young readers can enjoy it themselves, Water Bugs also includes accompanying information that offers the authors own insights for explaining how adults can effectively assist children in coping with death.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780829818581
Publisher:
Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press
Publication date:
11/28/2009
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
505,769
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The message in this book is concisely simple and classically stated. I keep it in my daycare for children dealing with death, and have given it to families who are grieving. It's sweet and powerful, and good for any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This inspired work is definitely meant to give hope in the midst of loss through faith in what cannot be seen. This author has given words to an experience in the human heart that is willing to believe in life beyond oneself. The theme of eternal love and eternal life clearly shines through this book enabeling healing on the level of soul to occur.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book utilizes nature and the natural order of creation to describe death, dying, and transformation for children to understand with clarity and hope. This small book is easy to read and share with anyone at any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A pastor gave us this book for my 3 year old son when my Dad died. It is a wonderful story that doesn't "scream death." It is thought provoking, yet offers possible answers to questions at the same time. I have given this book to other friends whose children are grieving. It is always appreciated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for the very difficult task of explaining death to a child. It's a beautiful story about water bugs becoming dragon flies and how they are unable to go back to water bugs and explain why they are no longer there due to their beautiful wings. He is a six year old child and seem to make sense to him in a way that he felt comforted that his dad was still watching over him even though he couldn't be there with him. I recommend this for anyone with a child under 13 to help explain this life changing issue.
SharynR More than 1 year ago
This. Is a wonderful story to read to young children who are going through the death of a loved one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased for all my grandchildren, I am not getting any younger and would like them to have something to remember me with
JBFamily More than 1 year ago
This book has been so helpful to me in discussing death with my small children. It is beautifully done, and the nature analogy can grow and deepen as a person grows older. Highly recommend -- especially for comfort for anyone grieving.
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