Frances Hill The Bug Cemetery

ISBN 13: 9780805063707

The Bug Cemetery

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9780805063707: The Bug Cemetery

A reassuring look at the cycles of life.

"When I found a dead ladybug one day, my sister, Wilma, buried it for me. She painted a rock to use as a tombstone."

It doesn't take much to start a bug cemetery-a dead ladybug or inchworm, a pitcher of lemonade, and a few tears for a show of proper respect. But when a beloved pet suddenly dies, funerals are no longer any fun. A bug is one thing, but how do you mourn a special friend?

With warmth and sensitivity, this subtle picture book explores the difficult emotions associated with losing a loved one.

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About the Author:

Frances Hill was destined to write a story about a bug cemetery. As a child, she and her sister created a bug cemetery of their own-with matchboxes for insect coffins. Ms. Hill lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Brian Yansky, and their dog, Max. This is her first book for young readers.

Vera Rosenberry is the author and illustrator of the popular Vera books. The mother of two grown children, Ms. Rosenberry lives in Cambridgeshire, England, with her husband.

From Publishers Weekly:

Children's fascination with and fear of death gets a funny and ultimately empathic treatment from first-time author Hill. The matter-of-fact text, as narrated by a boy, shares the tone of Margaret Wise Brown's The Dead Bird: "When I found a dead ladybug one day, my sister, Wilma, buried it for me. She painted a rock to use as a tombstone." Mock funerals for insects then become the new neighborhood fad: "Wilma started charging a dime to bury someone's dead bug. Billy opened a lemonade stand for thirsty mourners.... Soon we had a bug cemetery in our backyard." But when a car kills Billy's cat, Buster, the children confront a sobering reality, and the precocious irony that has crept into the boy's narration vanishes, replaced by a heartfelt plainspokenness: "Funerals aren't any fun when they're for someone you love." The children transform the bug cemetery into a garden and final resting place for Buster, and find comfort in the ongoing cycle of life. Rosenberry (When Vera Was Sick) varies her gouache illustrations between single-page and double-spread formats to give the book a compelling visual pace. The children's elfin facial features and the masque-like compositions take on a slightly gothic appearance, appropriate to the play-acting and, eventually, the sorrow. The artist captures the psychological subtleties of a tricky subject, and every page feels real whether Wilma and her friends are feigning grief or genuinely experiencing it. Ages 4-7.

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