Wednesday, September 4, 2019

" Maybe Dying is like Becoming a Butterfly" - a bookwrap

Today's book is a beautiful conversation between a young child and his grandfather. The subject?  Dying ... and all the mysteries it holds to those still alive and wondering.



By Pimm van Hest
Illustrated by Lisa Brandenburg

* Ages:  5+
* Grade Level:  1-2
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Clavis
* Pub. Date:  September 1, 2019
* Language:  English


"Straightforward, gentle, useful, and engaging. " -Kirkus Reviews 

Unwrapping Some Heartwarming Illustrations for You to Enjoy

Unwrapping the Story

Christopher is on an outing with his Grandpa and finds a caterpillar.  

"Can I take this caterpillar home?" 
"Why?" asks Grandpa. 
"So I can put him in a jar."
"Hmm.. I don't know," says Grandpa.
"He might die if you put him in a jar."
"Oh." That thought shocks Christopher. 
Grandpa nods.

"Are you going to die, Grandpa?'
"Someday, sweetheart.  But I hope not too soon."

Thus begins a whole discussion between the two about the mysteries of death and dying.  The questions from Christopher  start and Grandpa tries his best to answer them acknowledging that no one knows when they will die, and what really happens after they do.  He gives his little grandson some ideas as to what others think may happen:  heaven is a possibility, a rebirth allowing you to return much wiser, and perhaps it's just nothing, you go back to the state you were in before you were born.  They determine that there is a cycle of life and talk about the feelings that you may have when someone you love may be leaving this earth. 

The illustrations are truly wonderful.  You can visually feel the love that the pair have for each other on each and every page.  The colour pallet is soft and tender just like the storyline.  

The author includes a section at the back of the book where he gives advice on how to handle grief.  This heartwarming book is a wonderful tool to use if someone ( or something such as a pet ) is departing.  It opens up opportunities to ask questions, talk about your fears and speak to what your family's believes when it come to this very heart-wrenching, difficult and inevitable subject. I highly recommend "Maybe Dying is like Becoming a Butterfly." 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

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