A young boy, grieving and unable to sleep, climbs into his father’s steady arms to find warmth and reassurance in this luminous story about loss, love and healing. It’s quieter than it’s ever been. Feeling the warmth and closeness of his father, he begins to ask questions about the birds, the foxes, and whether his mom will ever wake up. They go outside under the starry sky. Loss and love are as present as the white spruces, while the father’s clear answers and assurances calm his worried son. Here we feel the cycles of life and life’s continuity, even in the face of absence and loss, so strongly and clearly that we know at the end that everything will, somehow, be all right.
In 2009 “My Father’s Arms Are A Boat” was awarded the Norwegian Ministry’s Culture Prize for the Best Book for Children and Youth. The book was also nominated for the 2011 German Children’s Literature Award.
Age Range: 4 and up
Grade Level: Preschool and up