The River of Birds
After school, a young boy and his grandmother, Minka, sit together, him with his cinnamon-covered banana and her with her ginger tea. They chat about the comings and goings of everyday life. She teaches him about the birds, carefully naming each one. She tells him about their great migrations, and the pair imagine that magical river of birds flying across the dark horizon. The days progress and Grandma Minka loses her strength and then her life. Sadness creeps in and overshadows the happiness that once was. A dream brings Grandma Minka back, sailing amidst that river of birds in the sky.
This is a beautiful story about love, loss, healing, the role of a grandmother in her grandchild’s life, and how even in her death, her impact lives on for eternally. In her own words, “When a living thing dies, its body stops working. But its love is still here with us, in everything and everyone it has ever loved.”
Children who’ve lost a loved one will find this heartwarming. They’ll be intrigued by the gorgeous illustrations laced with emotion and poignancy. Detailed sketches of birds and soft watercolor blends create a welcoming, serene aura. Children aged five to nine will cherish this thoughtful tale the most.
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