Wednesday, July 31, 2019

"Mama Bird Lost an Egg" - a bookwrap


Mama Bird Lost an Egg 

Authored by Evelyne Fournier
Illustrated by Chloloula
Translated by Nathaniel Penn

* Ages:  3-8
* Grade Level:  PS+
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  CrackBoom! Books
* Pub. Date:  October 22, 2019
* Language:  English

Unwrapping some lovely illustrations for you

Unveiling the Story

Mama bird is crying today and her little son Gabriel tries everything he can to comfort her and stop the flow of tears.  His world is turned upside down and his heart is broken because he has never seen his mother so upset.  He nestles close to her and wishes he could sing her a comforting song.  Whatever could be wrong to make his Mama so sad? 

She explains to him that last night there was a terrible accident and the little egg that she was protecting and keeping warm fell to the ground. The nest suddenly collapsed, dislodged the egg and caused it to be no more.  

Gabriel sensing his mother's deep grief takes it upon himself to try and cheer her up and make her happy once again.  Together they take flight and zoom off into the sky.  They swirl, twirl and dive into streams finally taking a much needed rest as they land in a great pine tree.  Mama bird is very grateful for her son's company and efforts to make her heart feel whole once again and Gabriel is proud that Mommy's eyes are now smiling. 

"No one else can cheer me up like you can," Mommy says, hugging him.

This book deals with the aftermath of prenatal grief which is a reality in many families.  It will open up a conversation about the heartbreaking emotions that they are experiencing and give family members a chance to share those feelings, support one other at such a sad time and heal their hearts.  This subject is a hard one to deal with and not often found in children's literature.  The story is told with tenderness and compassion and the illustrations are soft and beautiful . 

"A thoughtful picture book that uses a subtle metaphor to explore how a family experiences miscarriage." 

I highly recommend this book. 

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

Meet the Illustrator

ChloΓ© Germain-ThΓ©rien is a jack-of-all-trades artist whose career oscillates between illustration, documentary film and animation, and sometimes a bit of music.

It was during her studies in visual arts at Concordia University that she discovered animation and immersed herself in it with passion. An activist in her soul, she became involved in 2002 in the group of committed filmmakers Les lucioles, a rich breeding ground for learning and reflection. Cinema used as a vector of social change. The fireflies go out in 2007, but the flame stays on. Since then, she has worked as a short filmmaker-camerawoman-editor-animator-illustrator and also gives trainings where she shares her knowledge with great pleasure.

Roving nature, she travels a lot, and aspires to tell his discoveries and encounters through his works. She completed a Master's degree in Visual and Media Arts at UQAM in 2013, with a documentary / travel diary in the form of a comic strip entitled "Mexican Errances".

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