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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 Jorge Lujan
Age Range: Under_5
A little girl stands at a frosty window waiting for her mother to come home. As she
draws a picture of the moon in the condensation on the windowpane, she imagines
her mother coming through the frame of the drawing and enveloping her in a warm
This is a gentle atmospheric bilingual picture book that captures perfectly the feeling of a gray foggy winter afternoon and the kind of watchful waiting that will be familiar to any child.
Jorge LujŠnís short poem with one phrase on every page is set out clearly with the bilingual text in different colours and font sizes - the Spanish in black and the English translation underneath in a smaller red font. It is the imaginative illustrations, full of rich colour that makes this such an evocative book as it brings the little girl and her mother closer and closer together.