With each second passes, the world would have one more kid needing the company of a gorilla. Can his lost smile be found?
The confusion and puzzlement to losing a family member of the boy, answered by the most honest and warming words from the gorilla.
Filled with secrets, each painting is worth of interpretation and thinking.
"My mommy died." "Why do people die?" "Where did my mommy go?" "Can't mommy go home?"
As the sun sinks below the horizon, shadows slowly stretching, people had left the funeral, vaguely visible on the greyish green field, and a gorilla appeared. Back in the living room, dad seats with his little boy, yet his sadness left an invisible distance to the two, denying any interactions. The confused boy walks to her mom's garden alone, looking at the flowers she nurtured, and questions about death. "Where did mommy go?" "Can mommy go home?" The gorilla answers the boy with the most sincere, simple words to his questions of death.
The tender gorilla's company and his wise comforts the hurt, confused and lonely boy. The boy started to understand that even when mom is not here, but her love with last forever. When he bravely saids "I miss mommy a lot" to his dad, the two start to share their feelings, and embrace hope to make a better future.
Features of this book
The death of a loved one is a compulsory subject for everyone
The book allows young readers to understand what it is like to have a loved-one pass away, but it's also suitable to all ages, because everyone will face the sorrow of losing their family and friends. Sometimes we are the little boy, sometimes we are the dad. Throught the story, readers are able to observe the process of the boy accepting his mom's death, from denial, unforgiving, to realizing that she still lives in his heart.
A sincere answer is the way to rescue a confused child
A lot of parents would avoid talking about death to their children, sometimes they even don't know how. But answer "I don't know" honestly is the best answer. The book starts from the boy asking a series of questions regarding death, and guiding the readers to how to accept the fact, healing from their memories and realize that love is eternal from their interactions.
Each page is a work worth savoring
Illustrator Cindy Derby is a gifted drawer in watercolor painting, the book's emotions are stacked with the touch of her brush. Her usage of color, especially in red, can make the story a lot deeper that will worth the reader's investigation.