Once Upon A Memory

Once Upon A Memory

Book - 2013
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A journey through the various cycles of growing up, from a garden that began as a single seed to a child remembering that he was once small.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316208161
0316208167
Branch Call Number: JP Laden
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill
Additional Contributors: Liwska, Renata

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LMcShaneCLE May 07, 2016

A beautifully illustrated short poem contemplating memory and life. Exquisite.

forbesrachel Mar 20, 2014

A memory blows in on the wind in the form of a feather that lands amongst a child and his toys. Following this quiet start, is a list of questions on whether each object remembers its origins. At first, the book starts with simple items like a book or chair, then progresses towards larger concepts such as night, and love. All of these are left for the child to ponder, and although the book's simple rhyme is an easy read for young children, the questions are of such a nature that a parent may need to give assistance in understanding it.

An idyllic, old-fashioned style fits the quiet, contemplative text. For each example one page features the little boy with said object, with the facing page showing his "no-longer stuffed" animals in a scene about its origin.

The question of whether there are inherit memories in objects borders on some difficult philosophical or spiritual inquiries, whichever one prefers. However making a connection between things, that ultimately everything moves from something, is a very realistic aspect of the world.

With such a charming presentation, not to mention one that requires some thought, this author has created a very beneficial book for children.

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