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Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children Paperback – 1 Jun 2009


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  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Press (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780829818307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829818307
  • ASIN: 0829818308
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.8 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov 2000
Format: Hardcover
a lovely story. I lost my wife [34] to cancer Oct 13 '00, We have 3 children, 2, 8 amd 13. The middle one loves the book, as the younger will too, I am sure. It is also available in soft cover for under £2. It may be hard it you are affected personally - but DO find a copy and but it for the children, for now or later. Robert rjh39@yahoo.com
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jun 2001
Format: Hardcover
This children's book explains the Christian belief of life after death through a story about the lifecycle of waterbugs and dragonflies. Children enjoy the story, and at the same time can relate it to their experience of death. It will be helpful for them both if they have immediate experience of death, or if - when! - they ask questions about it in general. It's easy to read to children who are too young to read it themselves; they will understand it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Mann on 23 Aug 2012
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This is a great story helping children ( and adults) who are coping with the death of a close friend or family member. In my experience books such as this are a great resource to help initiate conversation with the child concerning what has happened.

But please be advised that the book sold here is a COLOURING BOOK version NOT the one in the previewWaterbugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children. I bought this one as I am desperate to find one with more up to date pictures ( which this one appeared to be). The story is the same and the pictures are nice but they are line drawings for the child to colour in.

It may be what you are looking for but personally not convinced that colouring these pictures in will add anything.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Dec 1999
Format: Hardcover
I first came across this simple story when my friend died, leaving four small children, only to rediscover it years later when my own children lost their Grandad. It is a very simple story which gives children very visual images to relate their experience of death to. It is a story that looks to the future and is full of hope, where it can either be related to the Christian belief in the resurrection or simply used as a postive help for children who are trying to come to terms with someone's death. A trip to a local pond with a net and a jam jar with help their understanding even more! This particular edition is lovely to give as a gift, hardback with simple coloured drawings.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. Freeman on 18 Mar 2007
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I'm reading this book to my 4-year old who's asking where Granddad has gone. It's a particularly useful analogy because of the 2 different environments lived in by the water bugs and the dragonfly, which explains why we can't go to see if Granddad is OK and neither can he come back to see us! It is a bit religious, but if you're OK with that, it's a great story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
Great book for explaining death to young children in a light manner, bringing comfort to kids and adults too,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Pattinson on 17 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
I was given this after my dad died i read it to my children it helped i have since given it to two sets of children and i think it helped them a little. I think it is a great book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacks on 9 July 2009
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I brought this book for my 4yr old son after my mum passed away. It is a fantastic book that is easy for children to comprehend. He now thinks we are all waterbugs but nana and other family members that have passed away are dragonflys. Must for anybody with a child that you want to explain death/afterlife to.
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