The Dragonfly Door Symbolism

Symbolism and Meaning of The Dragonfly Door,
a Heartfelt Children's Story about Loss and Change:
The Dragonfly Door is a fictional story based on the life cycle of the dragonfly. Intended to be read to a child by an adult, The Dragonfly Door offers parents an opportunity to express their own views about life and death. Some parents and grandparents interpret Lea's transformation into a beautiful dragonfly, living in a new place, as a metaphor for heaven or as an analogy to life after death. Nym, who is Lea's friend, continues her life underwater with others in the marsh, still sad because she misses her friend, Lea. Through a vision or dream, Nym learns that someday she will see her friend again in this new world where Lea has gone. Based on this interpretation, the core message of the story becomes one of hope for those who grieve the loss of someone.


"The warm, emotional colors ... illustrate this highly recommended picturebook for sharing the bittersweet realities of life with young people."
-- The Midwest Book Review

Help children identify the beauty and hope in all cycles of life as they follow two insects, Lea and Nym, and the struggles Nym endures when her friend disappears. This is a tender story about loss and change, written to help parents and adults express their views about life and death.

The Dragonfly Door may serve many purposes, such as comforting a grieving child or providing facts about dragonflies. Beautifully illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson, the book is cherished by parents, grandparents and teachers.

While Nym slept, she heard Lea's voice saying, "Follow me, Nym. I'm going to show you where I am." "Will I see you again?" Nym asked. "Only when it's time for you to die too," Lea replied. "You won't see me in the marsh ever again. But let me show you what I will look like the next time you see me. Here, close your eyes." Nym closed her eyes. "Now look at me," Lea said. Nym opened her eyes and saw ...

written by John Adams / illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson
ISBN-13: 978-1-934066-12-6
ISBN-10: 1-934066-12-5

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Summary of The Dragonfly Door ...
A dragonfly story about loss and change to help explain a loss to a child.
A beautifully illustrated book to capture a child's imagination.
A memorial gift in memory of someone special.
A bereavement tool to show children how someone grieving might feel.
A parenting tool to help parents express their views about life and death.
A teacher's story for children to help lead discussions on loss.
A story for sunday school teachers to help lead discussions on life and death.
A bereavement tool for counselors to assist in their work with children.
A metaphor for heaven to help parents and grandparents talk about life after death.
A fictional nature story to show the natural cycles of life.
A transformation story that parallels the butterfly's metamorphosis and change.