Monday, September 29, 2008

The Dragonfly Secret

The Dragonfly Secret: A Story of Boundless Love
By Clea and John Adams
Illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson
Hardcover, 32 pages
October 1, 2008
Feather Rock Books, Inc.

The Dragonfly Secret by John and Clea Adams and illustrator Barbara L. Gibson, is a companion book to The Dragonfly Door. The Dragonfly Secret continues the story of Lea, a lovely little dragonfly.

As Lea flits around the garden one day, a cute little boy appears and they begin to play hide and seek. They soon become fast friend. Then one day, the boy presents Lea with a puzzle to solve. He tells her she will need 3 clues to solve the puzzle and help reveal a wonderful secret.
"You have a message to deliver, a promise so true, it can only be carried by a dragonfly like you."

As Lea glides around the garden trying to find the first piece of the puzzle, she meets an elderly couple in the garden. They tell Lea they also know the secret, and they give her the second clue to revealing the secret. In the end, Lea figures out the last clue and is happy to deliver a heartwarming message.

The Dragonfly Secret is a great book that will help young children - and some of us "old" children - realize that our loved ones are all around us, even when they have passed on. When I read this book for the first time, by the end of the 32 pages, I was crying. The depth of my emotions helped me to see this book for what is truly is, a coping tool with a wonderful meaning.

The story is made even better by the gorgeous watercolor illustrations by Barbara L. Gibson. The colors are bright and vibrant and they add credibility to the sensitive story.

The Dragonfly Secret is a must for any home library, but it also deserves a place of honor in libraries, churches, and other places where young children congregate. This books would also make a wonderful gift for any young child suffering from a tragic loss.

Also check out the official website: Feather Rock Books.

1 comment:

Anna said...

I'm supposed to be receiving this book to review. It looks like a cute book with great meaning. Wonderful review!