Title: The Lady Who Came From The Sun
Author: K. Hopper
Publisher: Independently published
Genre: Picture Books, Children’s Literature, Philosophy
First Publication: 2020
Book Summary: The Lady Who Came From The Sun by K. Hopper
A little tale of loss to honour all of the ‘love beams’ who are no longer with us; beautifully illustrated by the granddaughter of a very special lady, who filled the hearts of so many. The Lady Who Came From The Sun by K. Hopper is a beautiful picture book for children and adults dealing with loss, illustrated from the heart by the granddaughter of a very special lady. ‘Have you ever met someone who made your heart warm, simply by being by your side? Then, the chances are, they were a love beam. And you are very lucky to have known them…’
Book Review: The Lady Who Came From The Sun by K. Hopper
Even to the most-learned men and women, few things are as scary, swamping and tearing as death. Like an end, that ultimate exit, beyond which everything becomes void and nothing remains to return, it hovers over us like a spying cloud, always waiting for that one chance to seize our life and make it its own. How then, would one, explain its inevitability, its invincibility, its essentiality to children?
Written by K. Hopper and illustrated by E. Hopper, the book’s simple text and sparse, elegant illustrations combine to create a moving yet unsentimental treatise on loss. The Lady Who Came From The Sun by K. Hopper offers all types of readers the opportunity to learn about death in a unique and accessible way. Throughout the story, the pictures and words effectively work together complimenting each other. It synthesises the presentation of human and nature forms and sensitively presents death through metaphorical pictures as the eponymous title suggests.
The Lady Who Came From The Sun is an incredible read. An ironically heartwarming and comforting message is prominent within this unique picture book. The illustrations are exceptionally memorable and suit the style of the book perfectly- it provides a beautiful opportunity to discuss the topic of loss with children without it being daunting or frightening but rather more gentle and comforting.
With simple illustrations, a stunning story and a great choice of characters to explain the huge words and the complex feeling of losing the person you love, this book provide great opportunities to explore something that we sometimes fail to acknowledge with children. I would highly recommend this book.