22 February, 2017

Cry heart, but never break by Glenn Ringtved

I have read a lot of children's books about death and grief (well over 200 at last count). A book has to have something special to make it stand out from the rest - or be horrendously terrible.

This book does not fall into the latter category.

What this is, is a beautiful and sensitive look at the importance of death as part of the balance in the world. Without death, we would not enjoy life.

The lesson is shared by Death (portrayed a la Bergman's The seventh seal movie / or the derivative Bill and Ted's bogus journey) in a touching - albeit mystifying to the children listening - allegory. 

Tissues may be needed. 

Other recommended picture books on death for 5-7 year olds:



Title: Cry heart, but never break 
Creators: written by Glenn Ringtved, illustrations by Charlotte Pardi, translated from the Danish by Robert Moulthrop.

Recommended by Annie C, Helensville Library.

Annie C is a voracious and versatile reader, but her habitual reads are fantasy, romance, and a diverse selection of non-fiction subjects. A life-long love of children’s books, particularly picture books, helps in her day-to-day role as a children’s librarian. 

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