Illustrated by Bernardo P. Carvalho
Apparently, “coming and going” is quite easy to do. It is much easier for us humans to travel. As technology progressed, we have put a considerable between ourselves and the animals with whom we share the Earth. In addition to our legs and feet, we have cars, ships, airplanes, bicycles, motorcycles, and trucks. We can now travel to the remotest places we have never been to and back, faster than ever before. Cheers to us!
Yet there are also consequences to moving ourselves and things all over the world. We had to make new paths, drill through mountains, build roads made of asphalt and iron. Can we say that arctic terns, African antelopes, and butterflies that move on this planet without disturbing anyone are happy with this situation?
Written by Isabel Minhós Martins and accompanied by wonderful drawings by Bernardo P. Carvalho, the book Coming and Going gently reminds us that we are not the only living beings moving around on the Earth. Perhaps we had better slow down a bit and reconsider: “They say that the head is not just for wearing a hat.”
FNLIJ, Portuguese Language Literature Category Selection
Ilustrarte: Biennial of Children’s Books Illustration
Andersen Award – “Best divulgation” book
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