Forever or a Day by Sarah Jacoby

Hardcover, 40 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

I have read many a picture book these past few years and Sarah Jacoby’s Forever or a Day is one of the most beautiful of them all. Both playful and profound, the picture book is a musing on the elusive nature of time. What time is and how we can neither grasp it nor hold it are things children, in particular, have difficulty understand–something you will be aware of if you have a child in your life.

My niece asked today, “How long is thirty seconds?” and it took a lot of thinking to come up with an answer, “As long as it takes you to jump up and down twenty times.” Jacoby’s prose is simple but, as I mentioned earlier, profound; it doesn’t seek to explain or show. Her words are simply questions and observations that anyone, no matter their age, can have.

The more you hold it…the better it hides.

Where does it go?

Accompanying these words is art that feels like a little bit of eternity on a page. With beautiful colours and wide landscape layouts, the art and the subject of the picture book come together fantastically.

 

This book will be amazing for bedtime reads. I can see a parent or a grandparent reading this, leaving the child to wonder, ponder, and dream about the time we all have and the things we can do with it. I recommend this book for people of all ages.

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