Memory is elusive for everyone but becomes even more so with age.
A stand out feature of this story about one elderly woman’s memories of childhood is that the author has bundled collective memories of holidays together, instead of chronologically telling a memory of a single camping trip – and isn’t that just how memories are for all of us – scattered rememberings all linked together by emotions and feelings.
Another stand out feature is how senses trigger our memories – sights and sounds, smell and tastes and feel, tactile or inexplicable.
The colours are warm and enveloping – just like the memories.
The special effect of using both crayon and paint gives a kind of faded postcard feel to the books theme.
A lovely story that will no doubt be important to children in a nation tipping the scales towards an ageing population.