The Dragonfly Door - a Mom's Choice Awards Recipient

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Talking about death with children? Help children identify the beauty and hope in all cycles of life as they follow two insects, Lea and Nym, and the struggles Nym endures when her friend disappears. This is a tender story about loss and change, written to help parents express their views about life and death. Children may identify with Nym, who grieves the loss of her friend, and find it easier to express their unique feelings about a loss after hearing the story. The Dragonfly Door may serve many purposes, such as comforting a grieving child or providing facts about dragonflies. Beautifully illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson, the book is cherished by parents, grandparents and teachers and is often used to help explain death to children or to engage children in an open dialogue about death. It has been adapted into a theatrical performance in various communities to help children cope with the death of their classmates. Also see The Dragonfly Secret: A Story of Boundless Love, a companion book for ages eight to adult (ISBN 9781934066133).

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While Nym slept, she heard Lea’s voice saying, “Follow me, Nym. I’m going to show you where I am.” “Will I see you again?” Nym asked.“Only when it’s time for you to die too,” Lea replied. “You won’t see me in the marsh ever again. But let me show you what I will look like the next time you see me. Here, close your eyes.” Nym closed her eyes.“Now look at me,” Lea said.Nym opened her eyes and saw ... *** Where did Lea go? What did Nym see? This is a tender story about loss and change. It was written to help parents express their views about life and death. The Dragonfly Door is beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Barbara L. Gibson.

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John Adams is a first-time children’s book author. He co-founded Feather Rock Books with his wife, Clea, in 2005. Their goal is to publish thoughtful and inspiring stories. Mr. Adams’s appreciation for nature began during his active childhood on a western Kentucky farm. He now lives in Minnesota where his family enjoys the beauty and theater that dragonflies bring to their yard from a nearby marsh. While this book was being produced, Mr. Adams lost both parents to old age and illness. He was reminded that loss and change affect people of all ages and in different ways. He hopes this story will encourage children to share their feelings of loss and provide parents with an opportunity to comfort their children during a time of need. Barbara L. Gibson received her B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. She has illustrated more than three dozen books, including the National Geographic Society's award-winning six-book Little Learners’ Library and a pop-up book, Creatures of the Desert World. She also illustrated Patricia Cornwell's Life's Little Fable, Marie and Roland Smith's N is for Our Nation's Capital and Audrey Penn's The Whistling Tree, A Pocket Full of Kisses and A Kiss Goodbye. An ardent environmentalist, she specializes in horse, wildlife and nature illustration. When not engrossed in work, she can often be found at the small farm where her horse is boarded or at the therapeutic riding center where she volunteers her time. She and her composer husband, Robert, live in Olney, Maryland, with their dogs, Sadie and Tess. Their grown daughter, Caitlin, lives and works in the Washington area.

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