THE WAT­TLE TREE

By John Bell, il­lus­trated by Ben Wood ( Loth­ian, hard­cover, $ 28.99)

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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.

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