The Dragonfly Secret by Clea and John Adams
Illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson
Feather Rock Books - Children's Fiction
I no longer have small children in my house, but picture books for youngsters still are a great joy to read. I'm especially fond of beautiful illustrations. The Dragonfly Secret is stunningly colorful, definitely a beautifully illustrated book. You can peek inside the book to see a bit more of the gorgeous color illustrations at Amazon, here.
Warning: The next paragraph contains spoilers because I don't think it serves any purpose to tippy-toe around the subject matter. Please skip the following paragraph if you don't want to know what the book is about.
The Dragonfly Secret: A Story of Boundless Love tells the story of a dragonfly who sends a message of hope to the parents of a child who has passed away. Lea the dragonfly flits from the boy's hat to the bear in his father's pocket; and, by these simple gestures the young boy's parents understand Lea's actions as a message from beyond. It's really quite a sweet, simple story designed to comfort youngsters who have experienced loss.
It's safe, now. You can read, again.
The information at Amazon says this book is for children aged 9-12. I would say it's actually for significantly younger children, but my own children were rather advanced so I may be a tad off. The book is short and simple enough to read to younger children (possibly as young as the age of 4) or easily read by early readers who are on the verge of reading chapter books. It sends a simple message of hope. I believe The Dragonfly's Secret could be a very effective tool for helping children to cope with loss, whether one is related to the child who has experienced loss or works as a counselor.