Farfalla: A Story of Loss and Hope by Vanita Oelschlager (artwork by Kristin Blackwood) is a darling book that aims to explain miscarriage to an expectant sibling.
What a lovely idea for a children’s book!
The story revolves around a beetle who “adopts” a special cocoon and anxiously awaits its hatching. Unfortunately no butterfly emerges, and, of course, the beetle is both sad and confused. His mother explains what has happened and assures the beetle that his little friend is in the sky looking down upon him.
The author does a nice job of keeping things light but informative. Moreover, the illustrations are excellent–I especially loved the little beetle with the Italian book!
This quick read is not based on religion or God, so for those parents who aren’t into such things, this book would work well; on the other hand, the little ‘farfalla’ that didn’t make it does fly off into the moon and stars, so for the religious, this book could also work as well.
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