Review of The Dragonfly Door by John Adams

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The Dragonfly Door
by John Adams

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Feather Rock Books, Inc.; Revised 1st edition (January 24, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934066125
ISBN-13: 978-1934066126

Description (Publisher Website)

Help children identify beauty and hope in all cycles of life as they follow two insects, Lea and Nym, and the struggles Nym endures when her friend disappears. This is a tender story about loss and change, written to help parents express their views about life and death. Children may identify with Nym, who grieves the loss of her friend, and find it easier to express their unique feelings about a loss after hearing the story. The book may serve many purposes, such as comforting a grieving child or providing facts about dragonflies. Beautifully illustrated, it is cherished by parents, grandparents, and teachers.

This beautiful picture book tackles serious subjects like death and loss with a grace and simplicity that often elude adults as they try to explain these things to children. This book tells a simple story about two friends and the subsequent death of one of them. It tells this story in a way that children will understand and will find comfort in. This book is beautifully illustrated and will touch the hearts of both children and adults.

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