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Alive Again: a thought-provoking book

Read a wonderful review of Alive Again by Margaret Pemberton for Armadillo Magazine:    This simple but very effective book follows a young boy’s thoughts as he contemplates the cycle of nature and whether words die.  The thoughts are about simple things such as ‘blossom’, ‘wheat’ and ‘journey’, but they start the reader thinking about the meaning of words and about how personal experience can affect our understanding. This is a charming and thought-provoking book which…

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A reassuring tale about the philosophical nature of language and being

Read a wonderful review of Alive Again by Book Trust:   A young boy asks his father what happens to the word ‘blossom’ when the blossom is blown from the trees. Does the word die, along with the blossom? What about rain, wheat or a journey? If these things disappear, do the words disappear too?   This unusual tale can be enjoyed on many levels. It subtly reassures children that although some things can no…

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Happy Father’s Day!

By Samantha Brown* When I was about six, I remember I couldn’t think of a good Father’s Day gift to give my dad. Nothing seemed good enough until I remembered one of my favourite things to do: read. I was constantly reading some sort of book or asking my parents to read one to me. So, for Father’s Day I decided I would create a picture book depicting all of my favourite things I did…

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Picture books: a way for children to better understand stressful situations

How picture books can help to discuss difficult topics. By Samantha Brown* When one of my friends, Katie, was five years old, her dad suddenly died. Not really sure how to explain it to her young daughter, Katie’s mom turned to a picture book. This book introduced Katie to the topic of death and helped her find a way to cope with her sudden loss. Her mom shared the book with other parents of kids…

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Alive Again: a profound poem of loss and hope

Alive Again is now out in paperback! First published in hardcover in 2015, Ahmadreza Ahmadi’s simple yet profound poem of loss and hope is a wonderful way to discuss concerns of life, death and rebirth with young children. There’s a universal appeal in the themes of Alive Again. Everyone has to learn to trust that the blossom will come back after it dies, that dry seasons will give way to wet. This can lead to broader…

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