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[DiverseKidLit] A Luminous and Lyrical Portrayal of “Forever Or A Day”

What does forever mean?

Myra here.

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While this book does not set out to portray beauty or creativity or art or music, I find that the mere act of capturing time and all its gifts is, in itself, beautiful. Add the fact that I am simply taken by the art and the gorgeous message.

Forever Or A Day

Written and Illustrated by: Sarah Jacoby
Published by: Chronicle Books (2018)
ISBN: 1452164630 (ISBN13: 9781452164632). Book was borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

Explaining the concept of time to young readers is an arduous task. I have chanced upon a few astounding titles that feature something similar such as Infinity And Me by Kate Hosford and Gabi Swiatkowska or My Place by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins (see my review here) or even Hurry Up, Henry by Jennifer Lanthier and Isabelle Malenfant (see my review here).

This one, however, tries to hold time in its hands – renders it almost tangible by indicating when it is most keenly felt, or ignored, or becomes a drumbeat – feeling a bit like forever, if it is, at all, an emotion.

Since I read the back blurb, I had an idea where the narrative was taking me, and it does so in a lilting, gentle way, with a childlike innocence in its musings:

Yet, it is also filled with infinite wisdom – in its truth and simplicity:

This is a book that disarmed me. It has a simplicity to it that begs to be re-discovered, allowing one to find something anew in each re-read. There is warmth, comfort, and beauty to be found in transitory moments – yet such moments feel like “forever or a day.”

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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