The Perfect Shelter
Publisher: Little Tiger Press
It’s the perfect day to build a shelter, the perfect day for a family expedition, the perfect day to play in a den. However, joy turns to concern as it becomes clear that the narrator’s sister is sick.
Through stylish, sensitive illustrations, and simple but thoughtful text, this very beautiful book tackles a tough subject with real tenderness. The artwork is fresh, inclusive and appealing. The author writes from personal experience, and authenticity and empathy shine through. The book deftly sums up what can often be a complex spectrum of feelings experienced by a child when a family member is seriously ill – the questions, the anger, the sadness and the sheer unfairness of it all. However, above all this is a book about the power of family love and the importance of imagination, play and hope.
Whilst it does not shy away from the reality of cancer, the balance is spot on, striking a successfully positive and heartwarming pitch, reminding us all to fully appreciate the precious moments together as we ride out our various storms.