Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Maia and What Matters by Tine Mortier and Kaatje Vermeire
Maia`s grandparents have health issues and the crux of the book is centred around these, how they impact on Maia being the strongest theme and how a young girl handles them. It is here in particular that this book shines, the realism is a strength, no mucking about with wishy washy sentiment, just real reactions to real situations, anyone who has had anything to do with children will relate to Maia`s emotional and physical reactions to situations that adults may find difficult to handle but that children handle with an almost practical response.
The illustrations by Kaatje Vermeire reflect the text in a manner that I have rarely encountered, they are perfect and what words don`t say, these illustrations do, they bring a depth of emotion that children will be able to see and talk about with the adult reading to them and in a win win situation, any adult reading this book to a child/children will experience the pleasure of a rich and rewarding reading experience.
I read this book to my Reading Group, comprised of 7 year olds and they loved it, especially the illustrations and we had a very interesting discussion and the children shared Grandparent experiences with the group. It is I feel one of the best books I have read to the group this year and I read to them 4 days a week, we soak up a good book.