Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children Paperback – Oct 1 1983
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About the Author
Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) worked primarily as a banker during his life. His masterpiece "The Wind in the Willows" grew out of the stories he told his young son. Robert Ingpen has designed, illustrated, and written more than 100 published works of fiction and nonfiction, among them "Around the World in 80 Days," "The Jungle Book," and the centenary edition of "Peter Pan and Wendy," In 1986 he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his contribution to children's literature.
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I like the fact that this book compares all types of organisms from plants to animals to people. The concept of a life span ties it all together. What is "in between" the beginning and ending of a life is living. I appreciate that this book emphasizes the in between, and therefore strikes a positive note.
I would caution against using this book as a regular picture book for toddlers and older preschoolers because it may actually introduce the idea of death before a child is able to comprehend the explanation. However, I think it's an excellent choice for a child who is asking about death or who has recently experienced the loss of a pet, friend, or relative.
family, friends and pets. But this is the only book I regularly give copies of to families. The "de-personalized" way it talks about death, the universality of its text combined with soft drawings and repetition are very soothing. This is NOT a book about emotions or stages of death. (If you are looking for one of those Everett Anderson's Goodbye is a positive place to start.)
This is a book about the rhythm of life and death for all creatures, for everything that is born. One of the best parts of the book is its emphasis on what a lifetime is, and how it is framed by birth and death, and that inbetween those "markers" is what is important. It explains that different creatures have different life spans, and that this aspect of nature is neither fair nor unfair. It simply is.
I do not restrict this book to times when a child is grieving,
I include it in our regular reading rotation, so that the children see death as a normal part of life experiences. Death is so emotionally charged, especially for the grown ups, that having a calm book is especially worthwhile. When a child is actually grieving balancing the more "intense" books with this soothing one, does wonders.
The text states: "Nothing that is alive goes on living for ever." This statement either reflects the authors' intent on only dealing with the concept of physical death, or it could be interpreted as their belief statement. This is why I'd suggest that "Lifetimes" be read by, or shared with, a caring adult who would be able to answer a child's questions based on a family's belief system.
This book is among the most popular choices of staff and grieving families at the hospice where I work. Every child enjoys the book's soothing text and lovely pictures. Even parents whose children have not yet experienced a loss might want to go ahead and get this book to help their children begin to build an understanding of the cycle of life.
If your own heart is breaking, reading Lifetimes to a child will bring a little comfort to you, too.
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Beautiful illustrations, simple to understand. It's direct but still gentle in it's directness. Explains how everything has a beginning and ending in easy to read and easy to... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Emylee
Love,love,love this book. Can be used in a classroom setting adapted for different age groups and applied to the curriculum.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found this book to be a nice way of explaining life and death to my kids. They are ages 2, 4 & 6. It was mainly for the teo older ones. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Fern
I found this book to be simple and easy to read but there is no emotion in it and therefore was not soothing to the fears or questions my children have.Published 19 months ago by Julie Puddell
Amazing book to teach children about death. Used it for my 3 year old when his Papa passed away, it was the perfect bookPublished 20 months ago by reading mama
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Re Lifetimes: The illustrations were beautiful, and the simple wording was excellent for age 3 or so. Read more
This simple, easy to read little book on life and death is a fantastic read for both children and adults. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2013 by Lynda Hemsworth
Telling a child of a death of any kind but in particular of a loved one is a difficult thing at best. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2013 by Heather Persall
This book is an excellent introduction of death to children. It uses nature to explain the facts. The illustrations are beautiful.Published on Jan. 17 2011 by ECE