A girl and her mother are on a journey in order to visit you. Along the way, the girl strikes up conversations with some very different and unique people who all have a story to share if someone is willing to listen.
Title: Visiting You: A Journey of Love
Author: Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg
Illustrator: Andrea Edmonds
ISBN: 9781925335668 Language: English
Type: Picture Book
Themes: appearance, love, people
What's it about?
This story tells the journey, or several journeys, that a girl and her mother take to visit you. On each of these journeys, she sees someone who may appear cold, or angry, or annoyed but decides that she isn't scared of them and instead asks them where they are going and thus learns the stories behind the faces.
The story is so simplistic with repetitive lines but it is so effective to give a voice to the main character. The stories behind the faces are very different and also very real - there is sadness but also a lot of love. The illustrations are delightful - but their colours used also reflect the tone and feelings of the person telling the story.
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I actually spotted this book in the window of my local bookstore and just had to purchase it. At first, it was the cover that caught my attention - the beautiful colours and the diverse characters on it. And then I started reading the story and knew that the book was coming home.
"... show the importance of holding onto the memories."The book makes the reader the 'you' which is quite an odd concept and one I haven't encountered before but at the same time, it does make you feel you are part of the story. On each journey - by bus, train, ferry, car...there is someone there with a story. Most of the stories are quite sad - such as the woman who's visiting her son that is in a coma, the man whose wife has died, the girl whose granddad doesn't remember her but still, she keeps visiting him. At the same time as the sadness, the feelings and memories convey the love of what they once had and show the importance of holding onto the memories.
Not judging someone by their appearance is also a big theme in the book - scruffy, grumpy - these are words we associate with being negative. This book is asking the reader to look beyond what a person may appear like and asks: Why do they wear that expression? Where is the person going? How does that impact on the expression they wear?
This is one of those books that would suit any classroom at any time but perhaps would be most beneficial to read during the start of the year and during Harmony Day celebrations. A truly beautiful book that I am proud to own.