Wave ( Ages 2 to 7 )
By : Suzy Lee
Publisher : Chronicle Books (April.,2008)
I have no words to describe the unbelievable beauty of this book. And quite obviously this is a wordless picture book.
It`s also good for us to remember that art is a key factor to improve a kid`s ability to observe,describe,analyze and to interpret !
The book depicts a little girl`s pure pleasures and joy in the beach , her silent dance to the tune of the waves. Suzy Lee`s brilliant creation of the sea in beautiful translucent azure , the tiny little girl and a flock of sea gulls in pencil sketch , that same little one once drenched being recreated in a blue dress and her utter merriment in discovering some sea shells will leave us all to linger over these pages.
Kids will linger , wonder and grasp the story through these wonderful illustrations easily and they will tell you the story!!
How ever having said that , Lee`s powerful images in this book brought back some memories of another book called "Wave".
Sonali Deraniyagala`s book Wave is a book for grown ups. Which also won the PEN / Ackerley Prize in 2014.
We have discussed tragedies and resilience in the book "It`s tough to loose your balloon" and fascinating,beautiful yet powerful waves in "Wave". Now , Sonali Deraniyagala`s Wave is an absolutely stunning account of a real life tragedy and the power of resilience; A memoir of a woman who lost her life ( Her two sons,husband and her parents) to the Tsunami altogether. My own memories of that Tsunami wreckage are back now..,
The New York Times Reviewer of the book (24-3-2013) says " I was thunderstruck by Deraniyagala`s loss, yes, but most of all by her ability to reveal the whole "outlandish truth" of her grief, to write about a tragedy so bewilderingly complete that, nearly a decade out, it still seems far- fetched,my story,even to me". - Cheryl Strayed. I think it`s worth reading it, If you haven't read it yet.