The Bug Cemetery by Frances Hill

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A reassuring look at the cycles of life.

"When I found a dead ladybug one day, my sister, Wilma, buried it for me. She painted a rock to use as a tombstone."

It doesn't take much to start a bug cemetery-a dead ladybug or inchworm, a pitcher of lemonade, and a few tears for a show of proper respect. But when a beloved pet suddenly dies, funerals are no longer any fun. A bug is one thing, but how do you mourn a special friend?

With warmth and sensitivity, this subtle picture book explores the difficult emotions associated with losing a loved one.

About Frances Hill

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Frances Hill was destined to write a story about a bug cemetery. As a child, she and her sister created a bug cemetery of their own-with matchboxes for insect coffins. Ms. Hill lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Brian Yansky, and their dog, Max. This is her first book for young readers.Vera Rosenberry is the author and illustrator of the popular Vera books. The mother of two grown children, Ms. Rosenberry lives in Cambridgeshire, England, with her husband.
Published April 2, 2002 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bug funerals are one thing, but when a family pet has to be buried, the children in this tale learn to take pleasure in those still living as they experience their first loss of a loved one.

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But when a car kills Billy's cat, Buster, the children confront a sobering reality, and the precocious irony that has crept into the boy's narration vanishes, replaced by a heartfelt plainspokenness: "Funerals aren't any fun when they're for someone you love."

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