About the Book and Author
This is an unusual and rather special picture book for young children. It is a beautiful story that explores the mixed emotions we feel when someone we love is poorly. Two sisters are happily building a den together outdoors until one of the sisters ends up in hospital for a while. There follows an initial period of confusion, then uncertainly and later adjustment when the sister finally returns home and the sisters resolve to making an indoor shelter instead.
The book is tactile and the gentle narrative is accompanied with soft illustrations in pastel tones by Åsa Gilland . It is published by Little Tiger Press.
As you can read (keep scrolling down!) from the mother of young reviewer this book has caused a range of responses from three year old Ila who agree that it is a special book.
I can see this book will be one we return to for many years to come, helping Ila to make sense of the world in such a gentle and loving way
Thank you so much for the latest book ‘The Perfect Shelter’. It was such a beautiful book to review, we are so grateful…
As soon as Ila received this book it was all about the texture of the book it’s self, how it felt to the touch “feel it, it’s not paper, what is it?”
This led to her exploring the images, touching each illustration to see how it felt as she tried to work out what was going on from each picture before we started reading, it instantly drew her in.
Then as we read, she seemed to explode with questions “Is she hiding? Why? Where’s her sister? Who is with her? Is that the doctor mummy? Where’s the sister? Is she still at the doctors? Why?” And each time we’ve read it it has been so interesting to see how Ila’s interest, initially focused on the way the book felt to the touch, has developed to the way it has made her feel emotionally.
When I asked her what she thought of the book she replied “ I like it, it is a bit sad though, but it would be fun to build a shelter, can we do that?”
Thank you for this book, I can see it will be one we return to for many years to come, helping her to make sense of the world in such a gentle and loving way.
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Whichever you choose, we hope you enjoy being part of your unique reading community – happy reading everyone!
- Name: Ila
- Age: 3 years
- Likes: monsters, dragons and tortoises
- Dislikes: prawns and pirates stealing treasure!
- Favourite book: There's a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
- Favourite Film: Ballerina
- Favourite Song: Rascal Flatts - Life is a Highway (from Cars)