My Father’s Arms Are A Boat

My Fathers Arms are a boatA young boy, grieving and unable to sleep, crawls up into his father’s arms on a cold night. They talk about cutting down the spruce tree, if the red birds will get the bread he left for them, and why his mother will never wake up again. The boy finds truth in nature, his father’s love, and a warm fire. The writing in this tender story is expressive and poetic and the 3-D paper sculpture and ink illustrations are striking. Most of the images are black, white, and gray, with red birds and an orange fox. mjw
Title: My Father’s Arms Are A Boat
Author: Stein Erik Lunde
Illustrator
: Oyvind Torseter
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books, Brooklyn, New York
Copyright
: 2012
Original Language
: Norwegian
Translator
: Kari Dickson
Original Title
: Eg Kan Ikkje Sove No
Original Publisher
: Det Norske Samlaget
Original Copyright
: 2008
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-124-7
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 6 up
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Scandinavia
Author’s ethnicity
: Norwegian
Author’s residence
: Norway
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Norwegian
Illustrator’s residence
: Norway
Awards
: 2014 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor, 2009 Norwegian Ministry’s Culture Prize for the Best Book for Children and Youth
Subjects
: Death and dying, Fathers, Emotions and feelings, Sons

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