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Ørbeck-Nilssen, Constance

Vanishing Colors

(2) K-3 Translated by Kari Dickson. Illustrated by Akin Duzakin. A frail-looking child huddles with her mother in a bombed-out building. While the mother sleeps, a giant bird appears and prompts memories from before the devastation. In the child's unsentimental voice, some of the simplest details are the most heart-rending. Duzakin mitigates the sadness with compositions in which the child is enclosed by a circle of protection (mother's arms; bird's wing) or accompanied by a cheerful-looking cat. An honest, moving book for these times of dislocation and uncertainty.

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