Dad told them that there would be tadpoles and dragonflies and ducks in ‘The Pond’. However, life and death overtook them, so that all that was left was a ‘muddy, messy hole’ that filled the family’s garden, and their hearts.
This spectacularly, empathetically illustrated picture book tells the story of that pond through the seasons. As the family grieves and remembers, so small shoots of life and hope appear.
‘The Pond’ is a beautiful, thoughtful and moving book. It demands to be ‘stroked’ and loved and shared. Nicola Davies’ unique love of the natural world has informed her approach to writing about human emotions- the ‘big stuff’ that often is handled clumsily by less aware writers. This meaningful book deserves to be shared at class reading time, or, in bedtime and up close. It is a ‘forever’ title.