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Water Bugs and Dragonflies
Explaining Death to Young Children

Doris Stickney

Water Bugs and Dragonflies
Explaining Death to Young Children

Talking to children about death can be hard, but it doesn't need to be. Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children, a perennial best seller of The Pilgrim Press with over 150,000 copies printed, can help you to answer their questions.

Doris Stickney inWater 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 gift edition features enchanting full-color paintings by Gloria Ortiz Hernandez.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR of Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children

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.

Gloria Ortiz Hernandez, an artist whose work has been exhibited in Europe, South America, and the United States. A native of Colombia, she currently lives and creates her work on a farm in Pennsylvania.


Hardcover: 26 pages
Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
ISBN: 978-0-8298-1180-3
Product Dimensions: 6.25 by 4.25 inches

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