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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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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
If however, you want something that doesn't dwell excessively upon emotions, that discusses lucidly what death is and what it means, then this is an excellent choice. A parent trying to explain death to a child doesn't need a book full of emotional upheaval or roundabout references to death.
Of course there are flaws. But this book isn't about leaves, about dogs, cats or focussed on the death of an older person. It covers all areas adeptly. I liked it for the slightly distanced look at a subject that evokes a tremendous surge of feelings.
I bought it as a gift for a recently bereaved family (lost daddy). I plan on buying another copy for my family so the topic of death is covered before I'm too distraught to carefully guide my kids through that scene.
Very highly recommended.
The kids with whom I have worked professionally have loved the little green dinosaurs who experience and express the same thoughts and feelings. When I talked to my daughter's preschool class a few years back after the class hamster died, I used parts of this book in my explanation.
The brilliance of the Browns' concept is that one doesn't have to read the book straight through. A parent or teacher can choose to use two or three pages. In fact, each two-page spread tends to develop a specific concept such as funerals, cause of death, what death means, etc.
As a matter of fact, this would be a nice addition to elementary school libraries and classrooms, especially when discussing the death part of their living things science units.
It's interesting in my own professional library that this book takes its place right along with all of the academic volumes on death, bereavement, and counseling theory!
As parents we are afraid to talk about death to our children and with our children, this book broaches the subject in a way children can relate without sugarcoating it.
I wish I had this book to read to my 5 year old daughter when her great great uncle and great grandfather died within 1 month of each other.
Some areas maybe too intense for small children or very sesitive children so use discretion what information you read when reading to them.
I think this would be an excellent book for 3rd and 4th graders experiencing death of a loved one.
Kids ask very direct questions about death, and this book addresses those questions. Let's face it...it isn't always hamsters or very old grandparents who pass away. Sometimes people in our children's world die at early ages from disease, accidents, and even murder and suicide (both cases have touched our rather sheltered lives over the past six years that we've had children).
Kids seem to do better with simple direct answers rather than obtuse allegorical references to leaves turning brown and seasons changing.
This book allows you to step right up close to these unfortunate, tragic occurrences, acknowledge that they happen, and then move on. Because it's true that sooner or later death happens in our lives, and it happens in all kinds of ways, not just in tidy t.v. drama hospital bed settings.
Get this book so you will be prepared when you need it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
helped my 5-year-old process the unexpected death of a family friend several months ago. she still likes looking over the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Palmer
This book is great to help young children understand death.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was really disappointed. This book has way too much info for kids 4-7. I lost my husband last month and was buying to teach my kids (who are almost 4 and almost 6) about death. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Darryl
We recieved this book today. It is a great way to help explain how different people grieve differently and how all the different stages are ok for kids to understand. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tanya Crist
Awesome book on grief, using it with my 5 years oldPublished 6 months ago by Tree of Life Counseling
I use this book at work. I work at a mental health clinic for children. excellent book.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer