Talking to children about death can be hard, but it doesn’t need to be. Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children, including newly rendered full-color illustrations, 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.
Set in large type so that young readers can enjoy it themselves, Water Bugs and Dragonflies also includes accompanying information that offers the author’s own insights for explaining how adults can effectively assist children in coping with death.