Wednesday, July 18, 2018

"The Old Man" - a bookwrap

 “This is an extraordinary book, one that can make the needed connection for young children to see human beings as more than their circumstances".  - Kirkus Starred Review. 


" The Old Man"

Authored by Sarah V. 
Illustrated by Claude E. Dubois 
Translator:  Daniel Hahn

*Ages: 5-7
* Grade Level:  1-2
* Publisher:  Gecko Press (January 1, 2018)
* Language:  English 
* Country of Origin: France

"The Old Man"  is a book that matters. Behind its dark topic, it’s a bright book—about children’s non prejudices, generosity, honesty and about hopefulness—that children and adults will love.

Some hauntingly beautiful illustrations for you

About the book

This story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.  It is a must for homes, schools and well... every place.  It tugs at your heartstrings and opens your eyes to the suffering and injustices in our world.  It inspires compassion and love to those forgotten, neglected and invisible humans that are in distress each and every day.

"Day breaks over the town. Wake up, everybody! It’s time to go to school. It’s time for the old man to get up, too. The night was icy and he’s hungry. His name? He no longer knows…
This is the story of a person with no job, no family, no home—a nobody, who can’t even remember his name. But his day changes when he is noticed by a child.
Drawn in soft, watercolour pencil, this is an important story for our times. This gentle, compelling book will appeal to children’s sense of justice and to every reader’s compassion."

Unwrapping Praise for "The Old Man"

    • Rachel Eadie for Radio NZ – May 24, 2018
      This is quite a special book. It’s a beautiful and moving picture book. It has a powerful message and I think it’s got a power to make a difference as well.
    • Walking Brain Cells – May 8, 2018
      They are shadowy, chilly and seep under the skin like a shiver. An important book about small acts of kindness.

    • Street Reads via Twitter – May 3, 2018
      This book is haunting me. I make everyone I meet read it. It’s so important.

    • Let’s talk Picture Books – March 26, 2018
      This book is fascinating in so many ways. It’s very sparsely worded for the most part and the text is factual, allowing the illustrations to provide much of the emotional storytelling…Though this is a tough read, it’s a stellar way of showcasing how a little gesture can go a long way
    • Kidlit Book Reviews – March 23, 2018
      Gorgeous illustrations accentuate the moving text of this deceptively simple tale; a poignant look at the world we live in and the beauty of hope that can be seen shining through. An important introduction on poverty, kindness, and gratitude. Keep the Kleenex close for this heartbreakingly beautiful read.

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++++HUGS!!!!!!!

Introducing the author

  Sarah V was born in Belgium in 1985. Her parents were artists and she spent her childhood surrounded by books. The Old Man grew from her work with homeless people.

Meet the illustrator

Claude K. Dubois was born in Belgium. She ha published nearly eighty children’s books for which she has received several awards.  She is also a sculptor and painter. 

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