THE WATTLE TREE
By John Bell, illustrated by Ben Wood ( Lothian, hardcover, $ 28.99)
MOLLY misses her grandma. She misses the things they did together. She misses her smell. She misses her soft skin and the curls of her hair. Her mum is dealing with her own sadness. But quite by accident, Molly finds a way to connect to her grandma through the wattle tree at the bottom of the garden. It reminds her of everything that she loved about her gran.
At first, Molly keeps this to herself, but when she realises the depths of her mum’s grief, she decides to invite her to share it with her.
Together, they find a way to keep alive the happy memories of the person they both loved so much and to smile again.
This lovely book, with its simple but appealing illustrations and its tender text, offers a gentle approach to the process of grieving.