Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children  -     By: Doris Stickney
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Pilgrim Press
Dimensions: 10.00 X 10.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0829818588
ISBN-13: 9780829818581
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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 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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  1. Damascus, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gives children a way to discuss death
    December 14, 2012
    overthehill
    Damascus, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a great little story to help children come to grips with the death of a loved one. Adults can benefit from it too, because the subject of death is hard to deal with and this story gives hope at the end.
  2. Athens, TN
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 17, 2012
    hCarv
    Athens, TN
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My brother passed a few years ago and this book was a gift to my mother from an old friend. She shared it with the family, and from then on out a dragonfly has been what we have represented my brother with. My entire family loved this book and we have shared it with other unfortunate families who have had a loss in their family. It is not only a great book for children, but for people of all ages.

    Personally, I love this book. It has such a great perspective on things that do not make it too overwhelming. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
  3. Sioux Falls, SD
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    August 27, 2012
    Katharina
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I was a bit disappointed in the fact that this book was not more Christian based. I was looking more for a book that explained death to a child. I think the book did a good job helping to open the conversation on why things/people can not return once they have "crossed over". Overall it was okay, my four year old did like it, however it was not what I was expecting.
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