"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.