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deep and scandi-moving
on September 5, 2013
Death and grieving are untidy topics so deep that they don't admit any kind of mortal reasoning, so we mostly avoid them. So does our children's literature, by and large, except for the odd book about losing a grandparent or pet that offers easy comfort. That kind of sanitized grief seems so pale compared to the stark Scandinavian kind on display in Lunde's book. The grief is fresh and present on every page. This is grief that only time can dilute -- the kind where you can see that life goes on (wildlife, fathers), but if you stop and clear your mind, all there is is a silent sadness. There is such resonant beauty in here. After crying my way through the book with my 4-year-old son, I wondered what I was doing with my time if not trying to scratch toward these very same truths in everything I do. In other words, it hits hard, and it sticks.