After several rains, winter is finally here. The weather in Hong Kong is gloomy in winter. Reading a picture book that heals the soul may bring us comfort in the wintertime.
“𝗔 𝗟𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗕𝗶𝗴 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲” 𝗯𝘆 𝗔𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗼𝗻 & 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝗲́𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝗟𝗲𝗯𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗱 is a rare picture book, which responds to the story of growing up that we all seem to know.
At the beginning of this book, a little girl is portrayed living in the countryside. The village is surrounded by fields, and across the fields is a long train track. Every morning, the little girl would lie on the kitchen windowsill and look out, waving with the train engineer inside the locomotive. Many children always like to wave to strangers out of the window in the car. If the other party responds to themselves, they will wave more vigorously in response.
Watching the train roaring by is a daily habit of the little girl. At dusk, watching the train pass by in the opposite direction, the little girl did the same. She sat on the window sill and waved to the train engineer. We can see the little girl connecting with this stranger, imagining interesting stories about him. Does this feeling of worshiping someone seem familiar?
𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗮𝗶𝘁
Growing up is learning to wait and honing patience. The little girl is at the window sill, watching the trains appear as small black dots, the small black dots become big black dots, and the big black dots become trains. The little girl also waved goodbye to the train, which receded from a long line, turned into a big black spot, and finally turned into a small black spot, until finally it disappeared into the field. This is an interesting way that the author depicted the flow of time.
𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲
To grow is also to face loss and change. One day, the train engineer threw a small object out of the window, and the little girl ran into the field. It turned out to be the train engineer’s little black hat. The little girl didn’t know that it was the last day of work for the train engineer.
When the little girl found out that the train engineer had changed to another person and stopped waving to her, the little girl stopped waiting by the window. Faced with loss, the little girl turned to painting, dancing, and sometimes learning guitar. Until one day, the girl knew that the train could reach farther places. She also got on the train and went to a distant place. At this time, she also became a tall and beautiful girl.
In the illustration book, the girl plays the guitar and sings under the spotlight of a restaurant. I believe if a girl who grew up in the wilderness, she might have a wide and sweet voice? This girl has also found her place in the world, and has displayed her talents, just like the adults she yearned for when she was a child.
𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
“A Little House in a Big Place” is a poetic story of growing up in the face of transformation and struggling to transform. The plot of the story is simple, as if growing up is a feeling of recalling the past.
Poetic text, coupled with poetic illustrations, the theme is deeply hidden. The seal of the book says this is a book about growing up. After flipping over the book once again, I was deeply moved. For the author, growing up is a process of repetition. Children don’t grow up overnight, but develop and transform subtly through repetitive things and changing occasions. This is a book that you will not forget after reading it.
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