The Bug Cemetery (Hardcover)

By Frances Hill, Vera Rosenberry (Illustrator)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805063707, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2002



A reassuring look at the cycles of life.

"When I found a dead ladybug one day, my sister, Wilma, buried it for me. She painted a rock to use as a tombstone."

It doesn't take much to start a bug cemetery-a dead ladybug or inchworm, a pitcher of lemonade, and a few tears for a show of proper respect. But when a beloved pet suddenly dies, funerals are no longer any fun. A bug is one thing, but how do you mourn a special friend?

With warmth and sensitivity, this subtle picture book explores the difficult emotions associated with losing a loved one.

About the Author

Frances Hill was destined to write a story about a bug cemetery. As a child, she and her sister created a bug cemetery of their own-with matchboxes for insect coffins. Ms. Hill lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Brian Yansky, and their dog, Max. This is her first book for young readers.

Vera Rosenberry is the author and illustrator of the popular Vera books. The mother of two grown children, Ms. Rosenberry lives in Cambridgeshire, England, with her husband.