I Found A Dead Bird

I Found A Dead Bird

The Kid's Guide to the Cycle of Life & Death

Book - 2006
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I found a dead bird. It made me sad...but I also had a lot of questions, like why did it have to die? How did it die? What would happen to it now that it was dead? This is Jan Thornhill's jumping-off point for an intelligent, sensitive, and wide-ranging look at death and the cycle of life for young readers. Emerging from the idea that death can be a frightening and foreboding subject, but by not talking about it we make it more so, Thornhill guides readers through difficult but highly relevant terrain. From lifespans to how things die, to what happens after death, and on to how we mark and cope with death, Thornhill takes a comprehensive look at the subject. Thornhill faces the subject head-on and always tackles issues surrounding death with respect, injecting humor at times. The unique perspective is remarkably life-affirming as the book makes connections to the world around us, fitting death into the natural and on-going cycle of life. In her pragmatic style, Thornhill doesn't shirk from the reality, but she still gives readers scope to think on the more philosophical and spiritual matters surrounding death, without imposing any judgments. This brilliant treatment of the subject of death presents information and issues that readers can ponder and discuss, fulfilling their natural curiosity and interest in life and death.
Publisher: Toronto : Maple Tree, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781897066713
Branch Call Number: J 306.9 Tho
Characteristics: 64 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm


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Sep 29, 2015

My 5 year old loves this book. It talks about life and death in a very unique way, dealing with animals, plants, insects, etc. It deals with topics such as extinction, scavengers, disease, natural disasters, mourning and grief to name a few.

Apr 27, 2009

This is a really cool book

Apr 23, 2009

I got rid of my comment lalalala laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Apr 23, 2009

Jan thornhill is wierd
i mean who writes a book about death

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