When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death

Author(s): Laurie Krasny Brown


Straightforward and compassionate, When Dinosaurs Die explains death, dying, and coping with grief and loss in simple and accessible language for young kids and families.


No one can really understand death, but to children, the passing away of a loved one can be especially perplexing and troublesome. This is true whether the loss is a classmate, friend, family member, or pet. Here to offer advice and reassurance are the wise dinosaurs from Dinosaurs to the Rescue, Dinosaurs Divorce, Dinosaurs Travel, and Dinosaurs Alive and Well. This succinct and thorough guide helps dispel the mystery and negative connotations associated with death. This helpful book provides answers to kids' most-often asked questions and also explores the feelings we may have regarding the death of a loved one, and the ways to remember someone after he or she has died.


Satisfying and comprehensive, this indispensable book is a comforting aid to help all children through a difficult time in their lives.

This book surprised me as I was fairly sure I wasn’t going to like the anthropomorphic characterisation. However it delighted me with the wide range of subjects these dinosaurs sensitively cover. They carefully acknowledge feelings such as anger, disbelief and sadness. Dinosaurs also explores suicide wars, illness while including diversity of customers and beliefs. This wise book gives potential for exploration and discussion. - Anne Whitcombe


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'The forthright approach makes the subject seem less mysterious and provides kids with plenty to think about and discuss with their parents.' --Booklist '...a commendable service for grieving children and the adults in their lives.' --Publishers Weekly

Laurie Krasny Brown is an author, educator, and parent committed to providing answers to the questions children have. She has written many books, including the popular Dino Tales: Life Guides for Families series, illustrated by her husband, Marc Brown. Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and co-developer of the children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created a second book series, featuring D.W., Arthur's little sister, as well as numerous other books for children. Marc Brown lives with his family in Tisbury, Massachusetts, on Martha's Vineyard.

General Fields

  • : 9780316119559
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Sphere
  • : March 1998
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Laurie Krasny Brown
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : Marc Brown
  • : English
  • : 155.9/37
  • : 32
  • : Col.ill.