The Dragonfly Secret by Clea Adams and John Adams

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I received this book for review from the author.

Summary: Love and hope transcend all boundaries when a boy and a dragonfly meet. an impossible encounter? Lea journeys through a beautiful garden to discover the boy’s secret. As she follows his clues, Lea meets people who need her help. And at the end, the unexpected secret is revealed.

Well although the summary from the book doesn’t say what the secret is, I’m going to. I don’t really think of it as a spoiler since it’s just a picture book and it’s one an adult would buy for a child anyways. Also I’ve seen other reviews of this book that say what it is.

The dragonfly is helping the boy tell his parents that although he is no longer of this world, he is okay. This story had me in tears. I was almost crying out loud but stopped myself because my children were around and I didn’t want to upset them. It was very hard to not cry.

The premise alone is heartfelt and wonderful but the way it’s written and the illustrations put together make it a warm cozy book.

The only thing is that I don’t know if I’d give it to a child who lost say a parent or aunt or grandparent or something. In the book, it is the child who has passed and I think that would just scare a real life child, reminding them that they too could die. If a child lost a child pal though, I think it would be really helpful. Or if a family friend lost their child, this book could help your child. The book is recommended for ages 8 and up.

The Dragonfly Secret is a companion book to The Dragonfly Door which I’ve not read but I’m sure it’s just as spectacular.

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