- Series: Liftimes
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: BELITHA PRESS LTD; New Ed edition (January 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1855617609
- ISBN-13: 978-1855617605
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,613,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between: Beautiful Way to Explain Life and Death to Children (Liftimes) Paperback – Import, January 1, 1997
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family, friends and pets. But this is the only book I regularly give copies of to families. The "de-personalized" way it talks about death, the universality of its text combined with soft drawings and repetition are very soothing. This is NOT a book about emotions or stages of death. (If you are looking for one of those Everett Anderson's Goodbye is a positive place to start.)
This is a book about the rhythm of life and death for all creatures, for everything that is born. One of the best parts of the book is its emphasis on what a lifetime is, and how it is framed by birth and death, and that inbetween those "markers" is what is important. It explains that different creatures have different life spans, and that this aspect of nature is neither fair nor unfair. It simply is.
I do not restrict this book to times when a child is grieving,
I include it in our regular reading rotation, so that the children see death as a normal part of life experiences. Death is so emotionally charged, especially for the grown ups, that having a calm book is especially worthwhile. When a child is actually grieving balancing the more "intense" books with this soothing one, does wonders.
What is great about this book and something I didn't realize at the time was that lifetimes didn't have to only related to death of people. EVERYTHING has a lifetime and it has helped my daughter in many ways. A couple months ago, when my daughter's balloon popped and she was very sad, she said "Dad, I guess my balloon's lifetime is over", and then she went to throw it away. She was sad but understood the concept that all things, living and unliving, have a lifetime. We still use the concepts today on a regular basis, and she still likes to read the book as well.
HIGHLY recommended, even for those children that haven't had to deal with true loss or death yet ... at least in my opinion.
I like the fact that this book compares all types of organisms from plants to animals to people. The concept of a life span ties it all together. What is "in between" the beginning and ending of a life is living. I appreciate that this book emphasizes the in between, and therefore strikes a positive note.
I would caution against using this book as a regular picture book for toddlers and older preschoolers because it may actually introduce the idea of death before a child is able to comprehend the explanation. However, I think it's an excellent choice for a child who is asking about death or who has recently experienced the loss of a pet, friend, or relative.
My daughter, age 4, had a lot of questions about death. She was most especially interested in finding out when her "dying day" would be. This book seemed to help her understand that everyone's lifetime is special to them. I wanted her to understand that because someone else died it doesn't mean her death is imminent. A common fear among the young.
An exquisitely illustrated and plainly written book, it speaks clearly to the children about a complicated subject. I highly recommend it for all home and school libraries for ages three and up. It should be used as part of a comprehensive set of books on biological and familial concepts as it is not meant to answer all of a child's questions on life cycles, grief, death or dying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simple, beautiful and not religious. Just what we were looking for.Published 10 hours ago by Kathryn
After all the great reviews it seemed like this would be a good book for my 8-year old who is concerned about death. Read morePublished 18 days ago by MICMAC
lovely book for young children when a loved one dies. Got for my young niece and nephew when their Mom died. Was very helpful.Published 24 days ago by collette
Like the title says...."A beautiful way to explain death to children."Published 29 days ago by Dawn Marie Vanskiver
Very simple, easy to understand. Looking for a book that would explain death to a 4 year old who lost his father a year ago. I will keep looking.Published 1 month ago by sheryl brockett
Love this book! I found it for the first time 20 years ago in a bargain book store and bought it-giving it to a friend when her kids were little and their father passed away. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lisa