Item description for Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children by Doris Stickney & Gloria Claudia Ortiz...
Overview After a water bug suddenly leaves her pond and is transformed into a dragonfly, her friends' questions about such departures are like those children ask when someone dies
Publishers Description 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 child's 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 today's 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 author's own insights for explaining how adults can effectively assist children in coping with death.
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Studio: Pilgrim Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.15" Width: 4.33" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1997
Publisher Pilgrim Press
ISBN 082981180X ISBN13 9780829811803
Reviews - What do customers think about Waterbugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children?
Waterbugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children May 31, 2008
This simple book is the best yet on the subject of discussing death with a youngster. It was enlightening for ME!
Water Bugs & Dragonflies - A Poignant Explanation of Death to Young Children Jan 27, 2008
Death and Dying are a difficult concept to explain to young children. Water Bugs & Dragonflies gracefully addresses this subject with illustrations that are clear and meaningful enough to share with grieving adults. Because of this book, our family has adopted the dragonfly as a meaningful symbol representative of a beloved friend recently deceased. I highly recommend this book.
a lovely way to think of death Dec 22, 2007
I know many pastors who recommend this book for use with children. I recently gave it to an adult friend on the death of her sister. Simply put, it is a tale of transformation told for those who are left behind when a loved one goes on to the next phase. simple and timeless.
Great Way to Ease the "Pain" of Death Oct 4, 2007
When I first received this book, I thought there is no way this is going to help explain anything and boy was I wrong. My husband of 5 years passed away very sudden and unexpectedly and I bought this book for our two sons who are 4 and 2. I read the story to them when I first received the book. The whole concept of how the water bug's body changed once he became a dragon fly and how he could not go back into the water was excellent. My 4 year old evey requests me to read this book to him. The prayer at the end is awesome. THANKS from a worried mother!
Water Bugs & Dragonflies Mar 8, 2007
What a beautiful and simple way to explain death to children (and adults) using the cycle of the waterbug. This story was told to me 22 years ago by the pastor at my father's funeral and I was so excited to find it in book form. I shared it with families when I was a school nurse-teacher and now with my grandchildren when my mom passed away. I would highly recommend it to all who are faced with the task of helping children (and grieving adults) through a very difficult time.