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When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death (Dino Life Guides for Families) Paperback – April 1, 1998
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PW gave a starred review to this "balanced, comprehensive and age-appropriate" explanation of death and its emotional aftermath, featuring the amiable cast from Dinosaurs Divorce. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 5^-8. Unlike many books on death for little ones, this one doesn't tell a story. Instead, it addresses children's fears and curiosity head-on, and in a largely secular fashion, by answering some very basic questions: "Why does someone die?" "What does dead mean?" "What comes after death?" Other questions deal with emotions, and there's a section about death customs (the weakest part of the book). The forthright approach makes the subject seem less mysterious and provides kids with plenty to think about and discuss with their parents. It's the brightly colored artwork, however, that will really enable children to relax with the concept. The pictures are filled with homey clutter and familiar detail, and the activities of the appealingly quirky characters (who resemble dinosaurs in only the broadest way) add a strong, comforting sense of what can only be called normalcy. Stephanie Zvirin
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We may return to it when he is older and able to grasp the concept of death more.
This book was recomended to me by my local hospice. I ordered the book and was pleased with it.
It uses Dinosaurs as the characters which I think makes it less scary then people IMO. It covers all kinds of deaths such as old age, illness, suicide, infant/child death etc.. It also covers various different burial and funeral practices from different ethnicities and religions.
Personally, I skipped the parts I deemed inapropriate for him at his age but like that it covers a broad spectrum so we can always resort back to this book in the future for other deaths.
A great book written with the utmost sensitivity.
strongly recommend this one.