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Read a wonderful review of Alive Again by Diana Barnes at the School Library Association:

Alive Again

In this picture book, a boy wonders what happens when blossom disappears – does the word ‘blossom’ die, so that there will never be blossom again? He wonders the same about rain stopping, wheat dying, a journey ending… but then spring arrives, and the boy’s father shows him new blossom, rain falling on the grains of wheat to make them grow, and promises a journey – the words are alive again. It is indeed very simple, but there is a lot to talk about, and the collage illustrations, using a lot of loosely woven fabric pieces, will provide more topics for discussion.

Ahmadreza Ahmadi is an Iranian poet who has been shortlisted for the Hans Andersen Award, and the illustrations by Nahid Kazemi are good fun.

  • review by Book Trust: A reassuring tale about the philosophical nature of language and being
  • Opening up discussions on challenging themes such as loss, death and re-birth. Link


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