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Ben's Flying Flowers Paperback – April 15, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Magination; 1 edition (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433811324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433811326
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Inger Maier, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Acton, MA. Her specialty is in counseling children and parents.

Dr. Maier received her PhD from the University of Manchester, England, and previously, her masters in Psychology at University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Maier works with children and their caretakers in several countries, which has included initiating and developing services for children with varying severity of developmental challenges and associated physiological problems.

Maria Bogade is an illustrator with an animation background. After studying Audiovisual Media at the University of Media in Stuttgart, Maria started working as a 3D animation artist in 2007. She worked on award-winning projects like ''The Gruffalo.''

With the beginning of 2011, Maria leaped into her illustration career in the children's book market, creating her own unique environments and appealing characters to entertain children and adults alike.

She lives with her spouse and two children in Germany

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Seven-year-old Emily loves her younger brother Ben, and the siblings spend countless hours chasing butterflies, or as Ben calls them, "flying flowers" in the garden. Ben is a very sick little boy and very soon he ends up in hospital and dies soon after. Young Emily is devastated - she knew her brother was sick, but can't cope with his death, deeply feeling a sense of loss and grief, and she responds in anger and frustration. Emily refuses to draw happy pictures, choosing to draw dark clouds and gloomy scenes instead.

Eventually though Emily learns to cope with the loving support of her parents and other grown-ups, and learns to appreciate life and experience happiness once more. This is a beautiful, bittersweet read that will help young children learn to understand death and to cope with the death of a loved one. The beautiful illustrations enhance the story and the author also expands upon some coping mechanisms at the end of the book which are helpful for parents/ caregivers.
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