Sunday 8 September 2019

Window of Hope

Window of Hope by Robert Vescio, illustrated by Demelsa Haughton (Little Pink Dog Books) RRP HB $24.95
ISBN 9780648256366

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Max is a little girl who looks at life but does not participate in it. She is safe and comfortable observing the world from her bedroom window. Immaculately dressed for nothing in particular, Max sits at the window and watches as children play and seasons go by.

It is not until a unique white bird perches on her window ledge that things start to change. When Max notices that the bird only has one leg she wonders if it feels sad. The bird takes a liking to Max and stays to play for a while. She soon realises that the bird is special and can do lots of amazing things. It lifts her spirits and awakens something inside of her. On the final page we see Max outside enjoying life and realise why she previously felt safer inside.

Window of Hope is a picture book with gorgeous soft digital paintings that complement the gentle narrative well. The story is about individuality, disability, capability and courage, and would suit children over 5 years old. This book highlights the fact that ‘life is what you make of it’ and it may encourage readers to move beyond their comfort zone and experience life more fully.

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