Things That Go Away by Beatrice Alemagna

Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers

Things That Go Away: Alemagna, Beatrice: 9781419744822: ...

Book Review: Things That Go Away by Beatrice Alemagna - Coquette Maman

Summary:  If there’s one thing we’ve all learned in the last few months, it’s that nothing is predictable, and here is a book to drive that point home.  Whether they’re things we enjoy (soap bubbles, music) or aren’t so fond of (wounds, lice), things generally go away eventually.  Some, like sleep and dust, regularly return.  Each two page spread has a piece of tracing paper inserted with black marks on it that fit into each illustration when you turn it.  So the black specks that look like head lice become part of the design on the girl’s dress when you flip the page.  “Eventually, everything passes, moves on, or changes.  But one thing never goes away, and never will.”  The last page shows a mother hugging a child with the single word “Never”.  40 pages; ages 3-8.

Pros:  This unique book is fun for kids, but could also serve as a meditative tool for us oldsters.  The illustrations are beautiful, and the whole book, which was originally published in France, has a bit of a European feel to it.

Cons:  The black marks on the vellum pages weren’t well-incorporated into the left-handed illustrations.

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