What Happens When We Die, written by Carolyn Nystrom and illustrated by Eira Reeves, is the story of a little girl who unexpectedly witnesses a bird's death. The girl's mother comforts her and explains they must bury the bird. This only upsets her daughter more. With comforting arms and a patient heart, Mother explains death to her daughter. She answers many questions, such as:
"How long does being dead last?"
"How could I go to heaven if my body is in the ground?"
"Does it hurt to die?"
"Will my mom still be my mom in heaven?"
The little girl keeps a feather from the bird, not as a reminder of its death, but as a reminder of life after death.
What I Like: I was pleasantly surprised. I had not expected this 29 page book to be as informative as it is. There are a few Bible verses used during Mother's explanations.
What I Dislike: Nothing. This is a wonderful book.
Overall Rating: Excellent!
Age Appeal: 5 and older.
Publishing Info: Moody Publishing 1992; Hardcover; ISBN:0802478557
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