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A Shelter for Sadness (Hardback)
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A Shelter for Sadness (Hardback)

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Hardback 40 Pages
Published: 21/01/2021

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Sadness has come to live with me
and I am building it a shelter.
I am building a shelter for my sadness
and welcoming it inside.

A small boy creates a shelter for his sadness, a safe space where Sadness is welcome, where it can curl up small, or be as big as it can be, where it can be noisy or quiet, or anything in between. The boy can visit the shelter whenever he needs to, every day, sometimes every hour, and the two of them will cry and talk or just sit, saying nothing.

And the boy knows that one day Sadness may come out of the shelter, and together they will look out at the world, and see how beautiful it is.

A poignant and heart-warming picture book exploring the importance of making space and time for our own griefs, small or large, sensitively visualized with David Litchfield's stunning illustration.

Anne Booth was inspired to write this book by the words of Etty Hillesum, a Holocaust victim who wrote:
'Give your sorrow all the space and shelter in yourself that is its due, for if everyone bears grief honestly and courageously, the sorrow that now fills the world will abate. But if you do instead reserve most of the space inside you for hatred and thoughts of revenge-from which new sorrows will be born for others-then sorrow will never cease in this world. And if you have given sorrow the space it demands, then you may truly say: life is beautiful and so rich.' (Esther 'Etty' Hillesum (15 Jan 1914 - 30 Nov 1943)

Publisher: Templar Publishing
ISBN: 9781787417212
Number of pages: 40
Weight: 515 g
Dimensions: 295 x 255 x 9 mm


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The masterly A Shelter for Sadness (Templar) by Anne Booth also features a tricky set of feelings depicted in scribbly blob form by David Litchfield, but here we witness a boy building a den for these emotions. Booth was inspired by the words of Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum, who wrote: "Give your sorrow all the space and shelter in yourself that is its due..." and the result is a perfectly pitched, heartfelt meditation about living alongside grief. - Fiona Noble, Imogen Carter and Kitty Empire, The Guardian

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“Beautiful and authentic.”

This is the kind of book that I would have loves to read when I was younger and didn't really now what emotion I was feeling.

Nowadays, there are quite a few new books about grief, sadness and feelings in... More

Hardback edition
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Rhea

“Introducing Sadness”

This beautifully illustrated book is a great way to introduce the concept of sadness to little ones, it shows that sadness is not some shameful emotions we shouldn’t feel but instead something normal that we learn to... More

Paperback edition
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“A moving picture book exploring sadness in all its depth”

This heartwarming story is perfect for young ones to learn how to accept sadness and find a place for it.
The gorgeous illustrations by David Litchfield complement the text beautifully!
A must read for children and... More

Paperback edition
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