Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way To Explain Death To Children by Bryan MellonieLifetimes: The Beautiful Way To Explain Death To Children by Bryan Mellonie

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way To Explain Death To Children

byBryan MellonieIllustratorRobert Ingpen

Paperback | October 1, 1983

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When the death of a relative, a friend, or a pet happens or is about to happen . . . how can we help a child to understand?
Lifetimes is a moving book for children of all ages, even parents too. It lets us explain life and death in a sensitive, caring, beautiful way. Lifetimes tells us about beginnings. And about endings. And about living in between. With large, wonderful illustrations, it tells about plants. About animals. About people. It tells that dying is as much a part of living as being born. It helps us to remember. It helps us to understand.
Lifetimes . . . a very special, very important book for you and your child. The book that explains—beautifully—that all living things have their own special Lifetimes.
Bryan Mellonie is the author of Lifetimes.Robert Ingpen is an award-winning illustrator of numerous books, including The Encyclopedia of Events That Changed the World, The Encyclopedia of Ideas That Changed the World, and The Encyclopedia of Mysterious Places.
Title:Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way To Explain Death To ChildrenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 8.24 × 8.24 × 0.17 inPublished:October 1, 1983Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553344021

ISBN - 13:9780553344028

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explaining Death to Children This book is written simply and tenderly, and the illustrations are exquisite. Through the use of repetition, children are easily engaged in the descriptions of the lifetimes of various insects and animals and hear the same message - death is a natural part of life. When they are then introduced at the end to the fact that people die too, the concept of death is presented as natural and inevitable. The story reassures children that their feelings of sadness or anger are normal and acceptable while also conveying the notion that these feelings will not last forever. I read this to my daughter at the time my mother passed away and found it very helpful in answering her questions about why she had to die and why she had hurt so much .
Date published: 2006-01-19

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A pet . . . a friend . . . or a relative dies, and it must be explained to a child. This sensitive book is a useful tool in explaining to children that death is a part of life and that, eventually, all living things reach the end of their own special lifetimes