In this exquisite picture book, the remarkable beauty and force of nature are celebrated, gently introducing young children to the delicate concepts of life and death. Throughout the changing seasons, a young child and their faithful dog join Grandpa in observing the graceful kingfishers by the river. From the awakening of spring to the warmth of summer, and from the transition of autumn to the stillness of winter, the kingfishers embark on the journey of raising a family, while Grandpa imparts wisdom about the awe-inspiring power of the natural world and the circle of life.
Anna Wilson, in a heartfelt tribute to her late father, who held a deep affection for the kingfisher, takes readers on a lyrical odyssey, capturing a year in the extraordinary life of a kingfisher family. Through the exquisite illustrations by Sarah Massini, the vibrant riverbank springs to life in all its resplendence, captivating young imaginations. The profound bond between grandparent and grandchild serves as a testament to the enduring ties that transcend generations, reminding us that just as spring unfailingly follows winter, hope will always resurface if we open our hearts and minds to its presence.
This uplifting tale weaves together the themes of life, death, and our intrinsic connection to the natural world. It gently encourages young readers to embrace the cycles of existence, to appreciate the marvels of nature, and to seek solace in the ever-renewing wonders that surround us.