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Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between: Beautiful Way to Explain Life and Death to Children (Liftimes) Paperback – 1 Aug 1997
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The book simply explains that all life has a beginning and an ending, and highlights the different life spans of different creatures (and plants), with each page showing something different; an ant, a butterfly, a rabbit, flowers and shrubs, a crab, and so on, with beautiful illustrations showing a healthy/living version and a crumbling/dead version for comparison which is very helpful for a young child to make the distinction.
Humans are last, with a young child and an old person for comparison.
The book also includes a page or two explaining that although these are the things' lifetimes, sometimes they get hurt or ill and sometimes they don't recover from the illness/injury.
It is all done in such a simple and beautiful way. I can't recommend this book enough, for any age. I bought it for my 3 year old who doesn't yet grasp the concept of death but we have seen many dead insects and a good few dead birds and mice (pet cat - need I say more!?), thereby setting the foundation for understanding the biological mechanism of life and death.
There are a number of books about the topic, but this quite unique. It explains death… well… exactly the way it is for every living being, treating all living beings as equal: "There is beginning and an ending for everything that is alive. In between is living."
Illustrations are poetic, nearly botanical, old masters school watercolors. Sadly the print result is under their quality level, but I think it's a problem of how the originals were scanned/digitalized.
This book is perfect for Montessori families, for atheists, for those who practice zen meditation and for believers whose faith is rooted in the bliss of real life truth, even when it seems harder then ever.
I highly recommend the book, that makes one of the most difficult topic in life, natural, real and much more easy to explain.
A lot of books on this topic are targeted for bereaved children, which doesn't apply to my son, he just has questions and worries.
The pages I've photographed give an idea of the tone of the book, but it is interspersed with beautiful pictures.
It is gentle and peaceful and a lovely way to explain life, death and the time in between.
There is nothing wrong with the images I was just hoping for something more inspiring...the text is good, albeit for an older child, maybe 7+ it could be more colourful.
I liked that it was non religious and explained things in a matter of fact way. I would have no hesitation reading it to my child when he is older.
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