Buscaglia, Leo. The Fall of Freddy the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982. This wise yet simple story about a leaf named Freddy explains death as a necessary part of the cycle of life. This book is out of print, but may be available in your local library.
Hickman, Martha. Last Week My Brother Anthony Died. Abingdon, Tennessee: 1984. Touching story of a preschooler's feelings when her infant brother dies. The family's minister (a bereaved parent himself) comforts her by comparing feelings to clouds—always there but ever changing.
Mellonie, Bryan, and Robert Ingpen. Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children. New York: Bantam Books, 1983. Beautiful paintings and simple text explain that dying is as much a part of life as being born.
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