There have been so many changes in Amy-May’s young life. The family has separated from her wonderful, yet troubled artist Dad; they’ve moved house far from her lovely cottage with a garden and fresh sea air; and now, she is so filled with anxiety, she can’t go to school. It’s just too much for her. So, Amy-May is sent to Grace’s art school, instead. There she can draw, garden and cook while Grace makes worry angels for all her students; angels created with kindness and care for them to take with them when they leave. But Amy-May still has trouble opening up; that is, until a refugee girl from Syria with little English arrives and changes Amy-May’s perspective.
This tender story addresses a number of complex issues that young people deal with every day. Family separation, relocating, the refugee crisis; but mostly it deals with anxiety and stress. With incredible story-telling skill, Brahmachari handles all of this seamlessly, gently, while taking the reader on a journey towards peace and understanding. The expression of Amy-May’s state of mind is relatable and touching. The reader watches her grow and become better in herself as she helps others find a way forward. It is a real story of hope and healing, accentuated by Jane Ray’s expressive black-and-white drawings.
A marvelous book to share with any child going through anxiety about family situations, starting a new school or world affairs, this is particularly poignant. Wonderful for reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+.