No Longer Alone
Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Robyn Wilson- Owen
Aunty says I’m shy, while my teacher says I’m quiet. Then, my grandmother says I don’t like to run about. However all the time I talk and talk; ‘I talk the leaves off the trees./ I talk the birds out of the sky.‘ Furthermore, ‘I sing the depth of whale song./ I summon the ocean’s roar.
When Dad encourages me to try to summon the ‘before me, the once-upon-a time me, the before- I was- sad me, before I was alone.‘ I tell him how I want to be ‘No Longer Alone.‘ And Dad listens….
Joseph Coelho is attuned and empathetic. HIs words are like lilting currents of understanding. Somehow Robyn Wilson-Owen marries the stirring poetic narrative with pictures which move from a frozen animation, to the locked potential within our main character. Try it, read it, listen, for you too, will feel, ‘No Longer Alone’.