by Corrinne Averiss
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Pub Date 19 Jul 2018 | Archive Date 20 Aug 2018
Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens, words & pictures
Emotional, funny and uplifting, this beautiful picture book has a strong message about empathy and maintaining loving relationships with our grandparents. Guaranteed to bring a bit of joy into every reader’s life, this story is a pure delight.
See the other titles in the trilogy:
HOPE by Corrinne Averiss and Sébastien Pelon (2019)
LOVE by Corrinne Averiss and Kirsti Beautyman (2020)
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Lovely book about a little girl Fern who tries to bring joy to her grandmother's life. She decides to collect joy wherever she spots the happiness but it's not that easy to catch joy! The story might not be the most original -and in the end of the day all children's books have similarities- but the style of illustration is fantastic and the whole book is a real "joy" to look at. Would definitely recommend to children between 3-8
Joy is a simple, short story for very young children about how they bring joy to other people just by living their own lives joyfully and spending time with their loved ones. As a grandmother who has been ill lately, as well as a teacher of the very young, I would love to share this book with the three year olds in my class. They are just beginning to understand the impact, positive and negative, of their actions. I will need to get a hard copy when it comes out.
This book is so beautiful. I could feel the joy in the illustrations. Fern's grandma is sad and missing some joy in her life, so Fern goes out and tries to catch her grandma some joy to bring to her. She finds joy in the bounce of a dog, in the giggle of a baby on a swing, in the sparkle of sunlight on water, but isn't able to catch any of this joy. Saddened, she tells her grandma about trying to catch some joy for her, and to her surprise her tales of her antics bring her grandma joy anyway! Then they go out together to find some more things to be joyful about. The illustrations are just gorgeous and so whimsical, and the message is a wonderful one of happiness being about intangible things that are best when shared with a loved one. This would make a beautiful gift and I need a copy for my own kids' shelves as well as copies for the children of all my friends. This one is definitely going on the list of gifts to give kids for birthdays this year.
Cute, simplistic story about depression. As you can see here, Ferm remembers when her Nanna was happy. <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-682" src="http://www.reyes-sinclair.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Screen-Shot-2018-06-28-at-12.21.00-AM.png" alt="JOY" /> But now she is sad. <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-681" src="http://www.reyes-sinclair.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Screen-Shot-2018-06-28-at-12.21.19-AM.png" alt="JOY" /> So Fern goes off in search of ways to make her happy. She things she can capture the emotion on the wind. It remains elustive. But she finds that she brings joy to her grandmother simply by talking to her, being with her, and that is the greatest gift anyone can give. <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-680" src="http://www.reyes-sinclair.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Screen-Shot-2018-06-28-at-12.23.28-AM.png" alt="JOY" /> Lovely story about finding simple things to bring you joy, as well as bringing joy to others. #joy #netgalley Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
“Fern loved her Nanna. She loved her butterfly cakes, her mantlepiece mice and her cat, Snowball. Most of all, she loved her smile.” So begins JOY, and so began my smile as I read the beguiling story of how Fern’s Nanna lost her sense of joy ... and how this darling child restored Nanna’s whooooshh of joy. 5/5 for charming illustrations and a tale that reminds us of the importance of love. Thanks to the author, Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens, and #NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #Joy #NetGalley
What a beautiful book!! I am in love with the illustrations!! Its a lovely book about a little girl who tries to catch joy for her nanna, only to find out its easy to find Joy but hard to catch it for others. I need a copy of it for my son!! Great book for little kids!
Beautiful book about joy, what it is, where to find it, all in a very visual and easy to understand way for young ones. Really a strong important message here. The illustration are nothing out of the ordinary, but there a pretty and does the work. Well done!
Joy is everywhere. We can find it even in the most unusual place. That's what Fern told me. It is a lovely picture book. Not only the illustration, the story is a heartwarming. It's so colorful. I enjoy looking at the picture on and on. I love this book.
ARC Copy...a beautiful colourful exploration and search for what is joy and how can you bottle it up for someone who needs joy all render in gorgeous water colour illustrations.
A sweet story of a little girl who loves her Grandmother and notices that she is unhappy. She goes on a search to bring joy back to her life. It's a lovely example of looking at other's needs and helping kids to see outside themselves and that joy is something that can be shared and found everywhere. It's a little bit of a simplistic look at mental health or illness in the grandmother, but opens the conversation for kids and probably appropriate for kids 4-7. The illustrations are lovely and colourful. Thank you to #NetGalley, the publisher and the author for an advance e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
When her beloved grandmother is sad, Fern wants to find a way to bring joy to her. She recognizes joy from the "Whoosh" feeling it gives her, but when she tries to capture it to take to her grandma, it is elusive--but she finds a different way to bring joy to her grandmother. The illustrations are awesome--pretty and whimsical and perfect for conveying the "whoosh" described in the text. This was a lovely book. I read a copy from the publisher via #NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
https://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2018/07/joy-by-corrinne-averiss-isabelle-folath.htmlGorgeously colored and sweetly painted by artist Isabelle Folath, this story by Corrinne Averiss follows young Fern in her seemingly forlorn attempt to find joy for her grandmother who appears to be missing hers. Just when Fern thinks her quest has failed, she discovers that her very recounting of her adventure brings joy to her Nanna. I thought the art was awesome and the story beautifully told. I have some reservations about the wealth of 'unhealth' in the food on the picnic blanket in a book for young children! It's never a bad idea to promote healthy-eating especially in a biook for young children, but I was willing to let that slide since the rest of it was so well done. I recommend this.
Colorful illustration perfectly put together for a wonderful story. This is book presents a cute story with a little bit of a lesson and you don't even know it. I love this story and recommend it!
5★ This one is well named. JOY! “‘What’s wrong with Nanna?’ Fern asked her mum. ‘I don’t know’, Mum replied. ‘It’s like the joy has gone out of her life.’ ‘What’s joy?’ asked Fern. ‘Joy is what makes your heart happy and your eyes twinkle.’ [My Goodreads review includes an illustration: Nanna, looking drab and Fern looking worried] As good an explanation of JOY as any, I reckon. Nanna used to be a colourful, cheery baker of cakes. [My Goodreads review includes an illustration: Cheery Nanna with her happy cat and Fern] Now, even the cat and the plants seem moody and down in the dumps with Nanna. [My Goodreads review includes an illustration: Nanna's living room in decline.] Fern is going to try to fix that. The premise of the book is easy enough to understand, and Fern’s attempts to catch or trap some “joy” for Nanna are just the kind of thing a little girl might try. [My Goodreads review includes an illustration: Fern trying to catching pretty things in a box in the park] But try as she might, she has no luck. So, if she can’t bring the joy to Nanna, she’ll take Nanna to the joy! [My Goodreads review includes an illustration: Fern and Nanna, wheeling merrily through the park!] And the best sort of outing is a picnic! So we're treated to a delicious-looking happy ending! [My Goodreads review includes an illustration: Fern and Nanna having a picnic and a nap in the park] A great book to bring joy to anyone, and a wonderful way to show children how they can help other people find joy. Especially for grandparents and grandchildren, of course, but really, we'd all love to be in that park at that picnic, wouldn't we? Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing/Frances Lincoln Children's Books for this delightful preview.
Joy is what makes your heart happy and your eyes twinkle. Again, the children's books of today are truly too beautiful and mesmerising. The sheer ingenuity of these books astounds me. "Joy" is the second children's book this year I've read dealing with grandparents, and it makes my heart so happy. This doesn't deal with a grandparent's illness, but rather their depression. I've never seen this in a children's book before, and it's certainly a welcome topic as it's never spoken about despite its prevalence. The colours are so warm and the design is beautiful. Fern is designed like a kindly little girl and her grandmother immediately gives off an air of care and love. "Most of all...she loved her smile." Fern loves Nanna so much. But Nanna begins to get sicker, tired and seemingly so much older. I can relate so well to Fern This book asks the question: what is joy? Fern decides that because the joy has gone out of Nanna's life, it's time to bring it back. Fern tries her best, as a sweet little kid would, to "catch" joy for Nanna from her surroundings. The representation of Fern's idea of joy is a swirling mass of colours - it shows a child's perception of an abstract concept. Fern comes empty handed and without joy, but tells her grandmother about all the joy she has seen in the world. And it all makes her grandmother so happy. And so, Fern and Nanna spend time making joy in the park. Conclusion This book is about elderly depression, a very prevalent occurrence. But this book is also about how important young and kind little souls are in helping older people deal with depression and experience joy.
Downloaded through Netgalley thanks to the publisher free in exchange of an honest review! Fern realizes that something is going on with her Nanna and plans on remedying it. Great book to help with emotions and noticing differences in others. The illustrations are engaging and interesting for me. I liked the use of the illustrations to convey the emotions going on with the little girl. This is a definite recommendation from me.
With beautiful illustrations and a heartwarming story, this is such a sweet children's book. I believe that reading this book will inspire young children to uplift the spirits of those around them.
This was a sweet book. I loved the illustrations and colors! I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
As Fern searches for Joy to bring to her Nanna, she goes brought a journey to find an abstract feeling. The author does a wonderful job in bringing an abstract idea to a concretr picture for children and adults alike. This book will make you smile as you flip though the colorful illustrations and travel with Fern to learn a wonderful life lesson.
Joy is a charming children's picture book that is sure to amuse adults and children alike, and the illustrator successfully creates engaging images to match the beautiful words. Fern loves her grandma but notices things have changed and Nanna is more reserved and withdrawn, not as engaged and vibrant as before. When talking with her mother, Fern learns Nanna's joy seems to have disappeared, for "Joy is what makes your heart happy and your eyes twinkle." As Fern catalogs what brings her joy, I imagine parents reading this with their children will pause to make their own list. Fern is on a mission to "catch" joy and deliver it to Nanna, but grows discouraged at her failed attempts to literally capture joy: "Finding joy was easy, but catching it was hard." There is a sweet resolution to the book. I received a free digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Poor Nana. She has lost her joy. Fern does not know what joy is, until her Mama tells her. Then Fern goes to catch the joy she finds to bring back to Nana. Try as she might though, she cannot catch the joy she feels when she hears a baby laugh from being tickled or when she sees ripples of sun sparkling on the water in the duck pond. Fern leaves the park she and Mama have gone to, without any joy for grandma. Wait!! Maybe Fern does not need to bring back the joy in this way she thinks she needs to... Read this delightful story with a child or as an adult... you will enjoy it either way. The illustration are top notch, too!
Fern and on how she wants to collect all the "joy" in the world and give back it to her Nanna, her grandmother, will touch anyone who reads this astounding story. Those colorful illustrations done by Isabelle Follath are very eye-catching also. The collaboration of the author, Corrinne Averiss, and the illustrator made this book simply amazing because the story and drawings truly connect with each other. I'm a young adult and has no children of own, but I'm quite fond of reading children's story because of how they exude positivity and will leave you smiling after reading. And I hope that the story of "Joy" may also bring happiness to anyone who will read it.
Joy, written by Corrinne Averiss and illustrated by Isabelle Follath, is one of those darling picture books where the words and accompanying artwork have a symbiotic relationship. When Fern’s grandmother, Nanna, feels happy, the colors on the page are vibrant and full of life. The joy that Fern attempts to capture outside for Nanna overflows with colors and swooshes and, well, happiness. Conversely, when Nanna feels down, the illustrations mirror that mood, inviting the reader to search the image for clues to her sadness. This is a fabulous book to teach students that reading goes beyond just decoding the words on the page - meaning is made by taking in the totality of the text that lies in front of them.
This sweet sweet story with winsome illustrations captured my heart. Little Fern loves her grandmother and tries everything to get her to smile again. It’s not until she nestles with her Nanna that the smile returns ... just because of how much Fern means to her. 5/5 for reminding us of the healing nature of love. Grateful to the Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens and NetGalley for the early copy, in exchange for my true review. #Joy #NetGalley
Maybe I am reading too much into this book, but here goes. Fern loves her Nana. She is a happy, baker with a wonderful cat. Nana and Fern spend many happy days together. This part of the story is bright and colourful. But, when poor Nana loses her joy, Fern is worried about her and does not know what is wrong. It looks to me, like Nana is having some depression from aging perhaps. Fern asks her mom what joy is, and then she goes to the park to catch some joy and bring it to Nana. Try as she might, she can't catch the joy she feels when she hears a baby laugh from being tickled or when she sees ripples of sun sparkling on the water in the duck pond. When they leave the park and go to grandma's, Fern tells her all about the Joy she found at the park. This makes grandma happy and the colours return to the story. The next day, Fern pushes grandma in her wheelchair to the park and they find Joy together. Read this delightful story with a child or as an adult... you will enjoy it either way. The message about finding Joy in the little things and sharing your joy with others is easy to see. The illustrations match the story so well. When Nana is happy, the illustrations are bright, colourful and fanciful. When she is not happy, the illustrations are dark, bland and sad looking. I love how this is so in sync with the story. A great book for children with grandparents to understand how important spending time with them is. The publisher, Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens generously provided me with a copy of this book to read.
I loved reading Joy by Corrinne Averiss about finding and sharing joy. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the simple story is sweet and heartwarming. I would definitely recommend this book for young readers, and even older children would appreciate the message and the pictures.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens for my unbiased opinion of the book. This is a story about a little girl named Fern and trying to find joy to bring to her Nana who has been feeling down. She looks everywhere trying to capture it. What a delightful children's book!! I thoroughly enjoyed it! The bright colors, graphics, and cute story all make it a cherished story for years to come!!!!
What a beautiful story--one I can hardly wait to share with my grandkids. Fern realizes that her Nanna doesn't seem happy anymore (wonderfully conveyed in the grayness of the illustrations as opposed to the bright colors when Fern is experiencing joy), and tries to capture some joy to bring to Nanna. After many attempts, Fern feels sad (another gray illustration) when she returns to Nanna, who then has the best line in the whole book--"You bring me all the joy in the world just by being you."
'Joy' by Corrinne Averiss with illustrations by Isabelle Follath is a story about a little girl who wants to help, but finds some things are elusive. Fern loves her Nanna. She loves Nanna's butterfly cakes and her cat, Snowball, but lately Nanna hasn't been herself. Fern talks with her mum and learns that Nanna has lost her joy, so Fern sets out to find it for her. She takes things to the park to try to collect some joy for Nanna. She sees it all around, but she is unable to catch and keep any of it. Can Fern find a way to help her Nanna? This story is very heartfelt, and I loved the illustrations that accompany. There are some fun lessons here about how even the littlest can help. I really liked this story about finding and sharing joy. I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
I really enjoyed the soft and colorful illustrations in Joy even before reading the story, but I loved the story itself just as much. Fern's Nanna has been acting tired and less energetic lately -- it seems the joy has gone out of her life. Without getting into all the "adulty" explanations about aging and mental health, we simply watch Fern as she tries to physically capture joy in her determined, child-like way. As the reader likely expects, this doesn't work, so Fern tells her Nanna about her troubles. She learns that she can help bring joy to her Nanna by just being herself. I loved the sweetness and concern that Fern displays for her Nanna, and that in the end, even though she can't fix all of her Nanna's problems (which aren't explained here), she can still help her to experience some joy in the midst of hardship. A very sweet and encouraging book.
This picture book has gorgeous, emotive illustrations that reflect the mood of the main character, a little girl who wants to bring joy to her grandmother. She talks with her mother about her grandmother and then goes out to try to physically capture the things that bring her joy. Of course, these things cannot be boxed in; for example, laughter, sunlight, a ride on a swing, although Fern tries. Our protagonist talks to her grandmother about her adventures, cheers her up and the two go on to have joy-filled adventures of their own. I liked this book very much overall. It acknowledges the grandmother's seeming temporary depression and the way in which love lifts the spirits. The message is simple and appropriate for young children.
Joy is a charming story concerning a granddaughter who wants to bring joy back to a beloved grandmother. Corrinne Averiss has given young and old a touching story of care and love shown by a child. The text is easy but expressive with excellent word choice, perfect for read aloud or for an independent young reader. The illustrations were a delight, giving the impression of how a child would dash and dart around much like a butterfly does. I loved how Fern learned it can’t be caught but it can be shared. This quick reading book is sure to become a favorite as we can all be reminded to find and share joy with others.
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Fern’s Nanna has not been herself of late. And when Mom remarks that all the joy seems to have gone out of her life, Fern decides to fetch the joy back. With her catching-kit at the ready, she goes to the park and finds joy in all sorts of unusual places. Whooooshh! But Fern soon realises that joy doesn’t fit in a bag, or a box, or a can! How will she manage to bring some back to Nanna? Emotional, funny, and uplifting, this beautiful picture book has a strong message about empathy and maintaining loving relationships with our grandparents. Guaranteed to bring a bit of joy into every reader’s life, this story is a pure delight. What a lovely book and message: the book has a great storyline and adorable drawings that would delight any child at story time.
Joy by Corrinne Averiss is a great children's book that will truly teach little ones the importance of bringing joy to the lives of others. I would definitely buy this for the kids in my life, as it is more than just a silly story. The bright colors and illustrations make it difficult to read this without bringing a smile to your own face.
I absolutely loved this! Fern goes on a hunt for joy when she realizes her grandmother has been upset recently. She learns what it really means to have joy. This would be a great discussion starter, and there are lots of ways for students to make inferences and think deeper about the characters. I love the connections in this!
Beautifully illustrated book that reminds children of the special relationship they have with their grandparents and the power they have to bring joy into their lives. My daughter gives it 5 stars
A beautifully told and illustrated fable about the importance of recognizing, and sharing, joy with those around you.
What a sweet story to read with a grandparent. Illustrations are vibrant, making the words in the book come alive!
This is a sweet books with beautiful illustrations. A great read-aloud for any age child! Would be great for beginning a conversations about emotions and feelings of sadness in children.
There's just something about a bright, colorful, happy book cover that make it irresistible to me. Fern’s Nanna has not been herself of late. And when Mom remarks that all the joy seems to have gone out of her life, Fern decides to fetch the joy back. With her catching-kit at the ready, she goes to the park and finds joy in all sorts of unusual places. Whooooshh! But Fern soon realises that joy doesn’t fit in a bag, or a box, or a can! How will she manage to bring some back to Nanna? This is an amazing book that teaches empathy, the power and illusiveness of joy, and caring for elderly family. I loved reading this and remembering how much joy my elderly family members have gotten from Ana and remembering that special connection I had with them as a child too. It's really a book for a child and the adult reading it as well. The illustrations in this book, despite being amazing and beautiful, help further the idea that joy cannot be put in a container, it's something much different. It's often hard to convey feelings to children, but this book is a good representation of emotions.
A little girl’s grandma goes from joyful to joyless in the span of a page. The girl’s determined to catch some joy and take it to grandma, so she corrals a bunch of catching stuff and heads off to the local park, where everyone’s having a great time. But of course it’s not that easy. . . or is it? Bright colors fill the pages, leaving little room for words. It’s either a reminder to adults of the happiness kids can bring, or a primer for kids. Either way, it works.
Fern loves her Nanna and notices when the joy seems to drain from her life. She sets out to catch some joy for her grandmother but, of course, it's not that simple. Fern tells her grandmother about her adventures which seems to lift her spirits... Later, they go to the park together and find lots of joy all around them. The illustrations were cute and funny (the mantlepiece mice) while also being intuitive and sensitive to the emotions being experienced. I loved the grey juxtaposed against the colourful. My only concern is that this story might set young people up to feel responsible for the emotions of others when actually they have little or no control over how others feel, especially not adults. I liked the almost onomatopoeic words... "whoosh!", "bounce", "chuckle chuckle", etc.
From the front cover (the undies if you will), I fell in love with Joy. Fern has an unstoppable spirit and she longs to bring her Nanna joy. There is joy so many places, but it is so hard to catch. For children, this book is a lovely reminder that they are often the ones to bring in joy into other's lives. For adults, it serves as a reminder that sometimes all our elders need is for us to talk to them and that brings them more joy than we could imagine. I loved the story of Fern and Nanna and look forward to using in this school year.
I thoroughly enjoyed both the illustrations and the story in Joy, written by Corrinne Averiss and illustrated by Isabelle Follath. In a unique twist on a kindness book, a child (Fern) struggles with how to best help her grandmother find her joy again. Through the illustrations, we feel the emotional changes of both the girl and her grandmother— full colors show us the joy in their lives, and gray-scale illustrations help us feel when that joy is lost. In the end, both Fern and her grandmother realize that joy isn’t tangible, able to be caught or packaged, but rather must be experienced. With minimal text on most pages and many beautiful full-page spreads, the audience can effectively use the illustrations to delve deeper into making meaning of the story. And be sure to check out the beautiful end papers! The recommended age range is 4-7, and I feel like that’s accurate. My 2.5 year old daughter enjoyed the photographs, but the story was over her head. Thank you to The Quarto Group and NetGalley for providing me with Joy in exchange for my open and honest review. All opinions here are my own.
Exuberant! I enjoyed this tale of a little girl trying to capture joy to cheer up her grandma. Sweet story! Loved the illustrations. too. I think Isabelle Follath captured the joy perfectly! Great story!
Beautiful Story about a Young girl Name Fern who adores her Grandma. She just wants to see her grandma happy. So she and her grandma go to the park and try to find joy. This book explores the different emotions with Fern and her grandma throughout the book by using beautiful drawings to show emotions. I rate this book a four because of Fern. It is so beautiful how she cares about her grandma. Also, the illustrations are just stunning in this book. I love how one minute they are bright and beautiful then the next they are dark and moody. This is just such a beautiful book for any little kid.
Adorable, sweet, and important, this story gives us a child-sized view into depression and relationships. Fern's grandmother has been difficult to cheer up lately, so Fern strives to bring her joyful things. In the end, it's Fern's presence that helps lift her grandmother's spirits. Though, as an adult, we know that depression can't be cured by simply trying to be happy, author Corrinne Averiss does an excellent job showing how someone who is struggling to enjoy the things they used to can be brought a bit of light and joy from the cheerful presence of someone they love. It'll make an kid want to run and hug their grandmother.
What an elegant and beautiful children's story. About finding joy and sharing it with those you love. The message is simple, the wording is easy for young children to understand and follow along to, and the illustrations are colorful and gorgeous. This will make a lovely bedtime story, or perfect for story time in daycare or classrooms. I will be picking up a few copies for my niece and nephews. A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I truly appreciate it!
Joy is a difficult concept for children to learn. This book helps children understand what brings joy and how to share the joy, Fern's grandmother is ill and doesn't act how she use to or bake. She spends her days resting in her chair. Fern is saddened to see her grandmother so changed. It wonderful to read all the things that bring joy to Fern and how sharing her experience brings the joy back to her grandmother.
Joy by Corrinne Averiss is a heartwarming, sweet tale of a young girl's attempts to bring joy back to her Nana's life. Thinking about the kinds of things that bring her joy, Fern decides to make a joy-catching kit and go capture some joy for her Nana. Fern soon discovers that you can't trip joy. It must be spontaneous and internal. And she learns that she herself is what brings joy to her Nana. This was such an adorable book! All of my cubs, young and old alike, loved it. As did the adults! A perfect book for teaching life skills, and about the emotion of joy. ***Many thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
‘Joy is what makes your heart happy and your eyes twinkle.’ So perfect a sentiment and such happiness found from sorrow is a beautiful thing. This is a beautifully illustrated, uplifting and magical book for young readers. The illustrations alone make this book worthy of placement in a KS1 classroom but the story raises it to being a book which should be shared as a whole class reading experience. Beautiful.
This was a wonderful heartwarming story about finding and sharing joy with others. Fern loves her Nanna, especially her smile. But recently it seems like she's lost her smile and mum says it's like all the joy has gone from her. Fern wants to bring it back. She sets out creating a joy catching kit and heads off to the park to find some to take back for Nanna. But it's harder than she thinks. Will she be able to collect any to take back? The illustrations perfectly capture the happiness and the sadness of the tale and the whooshes of joy are so brightly coloured it's hard not to smile. The language used is simple but effective, making it a story that children could understand easily. It really got me thinking about what makes me joyful and how I capture those moments to share with others. I'd definitely consider using it in school for the same purpose with even the youngest children. Thank you to the publishers for giving me access to a digital copy of this beautiful picture book for review.
A lovely story of a little girl trying to bring joy to her grandma. She learns that it is easy to see, but not to catch. But with grams help she will indeed catch what she is seeking. The story was wonderful and the illustrations eye catching, and a perfect match to the tone of the book.
I thought this book did a good job of talking about depression in a way the kids could understand. The pictures and use of color was beautiful. I loved the message and will use it in my classroom to start a discussion with my students about joy and capturing joy.