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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Beatrice Alemagna
Age Range: 6-8
“There are lots of things in life that don’t last forever. Sometimes things change.” Multi-award-winning Beatrice Alemagna has created a poignant and ethereal picture book. With simple and straightforward text it explores the many different things in life that change or don’t last forever: Sleep is over when you open your eyes; a scratch or scape will probably disappear while music floats away. Tears dry up, bad moods never last long and fear doesn’t last.
The richly coloured watercolour illustrations have a child-like quality and the clever transparent overlays help to reinforce how these moments in our life can be fleeting. Turn the transparent page and you will find the bird has flown away, the steam from a hot drink has evaporated and the rain has stopped. The final two double-page spreads with their vibrant pink depict such warmth as Alemagna shows us that there is one thing that always lasts forever …
Alemagna has a remarkable way of conveying meaningful concepts through her stylish artwork that children will understand.