Maybe dying is like becoming a butterfly

Pimm van Hest, 1975-

Book - 2019

A philosophical conversation about death from the author of I Give You My Heart. "Are you going to die, Grandpa?" "Someday, sweetheart. But I hope not too soon." Their simple exchange covers a lot of philosophical ground. Grandpa allows that "no one really knows" what happens after death, but he tells Christopher that some people think of heaven ("a place without sadness or war"), others of rebirth ("each time, you get wiser"), and others of &quo...t;nothing" ("the same as before you were born"). The pair discusses the whys of death ("dying is part of life"), birth ("to learn all sorts of things"), and feelings of fear or comfort about dying.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Clavis Publishing 2019.
Language
English
Dutch
Item Description
Originally published as "Misschien is doodgaan wel hetzelfde als een vlinder worden" in Belgium and the Netherlands by Clavis Uitgeverij, 2018. English translation from the Dutch by Clavis Publishing Inc., New York.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 30 cm
ISBN
9781605374949
1605374946
9781605375052
1605375055
Main Author
Pimm van Hest, 1975- (author)
Other Authors
Lisa (Illustrator) Brandenburg (illustrator)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

A philosophical conversation about death from the author of I Give You My Heart depicts a loving conversation between a grandfather and grandchild, in a story that invites children to freely express their questions, fears, thoughts and ideas about death. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A philosophical conversation between a young child and grandfather about death.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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

When Grandpa suggests that a caterpillar might die if Christopher puts it in a jar.
“Are you going to die, Grandpa?”
“Someday, sweetheart. But I hope not too soon.”
Their simple exchange covers a lot of philosophical ground. Grandpa allows that “no one really knows” what happens after death, but he tells Christopher that some people think of heaven (“a place without sadness or war”), others of rebirth (“each time, you get wiser”), and others of “nothing” (“the same as before you were born”). The pair discusses the whys of death (“dying is part of life”), birth (“to learn all sorts of things”), and feelings of fear or comfort about dying.

An important picture book that gives children free rein to express their questions, fears, thoughts, and ideas about death. For children ages 5 and up. Including an epilogue by the grief therapist Rebecca Dabekaussen, with tips on how to discuss this difficult but inevitable subject with children.

  • Guided Reading Level O