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Water Bugs and Dragonflies
Explaining Death to Young Children
Looking Up Series

Doris Stickney

Water Bugs and Dragonflies
Explaining Death to Young Children / Looking Up Series

Talking to children about death can be hard, but it doesn't need to be. Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children in the Looking Up Series can help you to answer their questions.

Doris Stickney, in Water Bugs and Dragonflies, tells the story of a small colony of water bugs living happily below the surface of a very 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 what has become of them. The answer to death lies in the questioning.

Stickney invites you and your children into the question. This paper edition, part of the Looking Up series, features enchanting illustrations from Cleveland, Ohio artist Robyn Henderson Nordstrom.


ABOUT THE LOOKING UP SERIES

More in-depth than a greeting card, the inspirational booklets of the LOOKING UP SERIES help you find the right words...a caring thought...a comforting reflection. Whether used by a pastor or caregiver, or given from friend to friend, the LOOKING UP SERIES communicates compassion in extraordinary ways.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR of Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children / Looking Up Series

Doris Stickney,an author of children's books, first published this story as "Death" in Colloquy (December 1971). It was revised and expanded in 1982 to become Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children. The 1997 edition has transformed this bestselling classic into an even more attractive book for children and adults.

Robyn Henderson Nordstrom, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, is The Pilgrim Press’s designer.


Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
ISBN: 978-0-8298-1624-2
Product Dimensions: 5.5 by 5.5 inches


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