April 23, 2012

Life and Death

I Found a Dead Bird: The Kids' Guide to the Cycle of Life and Death 
by Jan Thornhill

Thinking about death, or even talking about it, can be difficult. But it's better to deal with the topic instead of avoiding it. This well-designed book covers a wide variety of topics, such as how things die, what happens after death, the stages of decomposition, how we grieve, and our beliefs about the afterlife.

Thornhill's matter-of-fact tone succeeds in making death less frightening; at the same time, its interesting facts, and yes, icky photographs, will appeal to a child's natural curiosity. A book sure to provoke many late night discussions.

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