is between the ages of nine and ten that children begin to experience
themselves as "I" for the first time—as separate individuals, different
from their parents and peers and essentially alone. This inner
experience is sometimes precipitated by the child's first encounter with
death and the first notion that earthly life is fragile and temporary.
In this insightful book, Koepke offers the reader a lucid, accessible
description of the outer signs and symptoms of this significant turning
point in every child's life.