Cry, Heart, But Never Break - Glenn Ringtved


Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charlotte Pardi, translated by Robert Moulthrop

From the press release:
Cry, Heart. But Never Break, winner of the 2017 Batchelder Prize, tells the story of Death, a cloaked but kindly figure, visiting four children as their grandmother is dying, and how, to help them understand, Death tells the grandchildren a story about joy and sadness existing together. The fable Death tells the children ultimately brings them solace, and helps them understand their grandmother's passing.”

I saw this book in passing on my Goodreads feed and ordered it from the library immediately. I don’t know what I was expecting. I’m sure those with specific religious beliefs have guidance for what picture books to read to children in times of need, but I think a more secular and still philosophical work is eagerly wanted. It’s sad, there’s no other word for this book, but it’s also genuinely touching. It's got some sincere feeling within its pages.

It is, of course, intended for children, and if you have the inclination to question the bigger moral question of ‘why’ there is a need for balance, why grief and joy go hand in hand, then maybe you’ll want to skip this and pick something else up.

Or maybe, you, like me, need to contemplate these questions a little. I cried when I read this. I really liked it, and I think I may purchase it when I have kids. I'll see when I get there.

Pages: 32
Year: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books

Read: 29 March 2017
Stars: 4 (really liked it)