Wednesday, April 19, 2017
"South" by Daniel Duncan (Abrams Young Readers)
This is a rather lovely little story that is just like the boat depicted on its cover. Lots more going on under the surface than above.
"South" by Daniel Duncan depicts a lone fisherman who lives his life on the sea. He's got everything he needs on his tiny little fishing boat (even, as Charlotte pointed out straight away, a toilet!) But it's an oddly lonely existence, until one day an unexpected visitor literally drops in on the fisherman's life.
A poor injured bird flops onto the deck, and the caring and kindly fisherman decides to take care of the stricken feathered friend.
He patiently feeds it, ties a makeshift splint around its broken wing and waits for it to heal.
The poor bird has missed migrating with the rest of its friends, so with a slightly heavy heart the fisherman decides there's only one thing to do - head south and find a nice warm home for his new bird buddy.
|So many exquisite details but this one spread raised some interesting questions for Charlotte.|
The story also ended slightly abruptly, as if it was leaving you to do what Charlotte did - fill in the huge gaps with a story of your own. Did the fisherman wave his new friend goodbye, perhaps returning later to check whether the bird was OK?
|Best of friends, but what lay ahead?|
Charlotte's favourite bit: She absolutely loved the fisherman's little fishing boat, and the positive message the story conveyed but felt that there was something missing, something extra needed. Perhaps there's a follow-up planned?
Daddy's favourite bit: An undeniably beautiful book that's full of exquisite details, feeling a bit oddly jarring in the way it ends.
(Kindly supplied for review)
"South" by Daniel Duncan is released on 2nd May 2017, published by Abrams Young Readers.