Saturday, June 25, 2011
Coming Full Circle
If you are two friends in the newest title, Hopper and Wilson, by Maria van Lieshout it might be an endless supply of lemonade or finding a stairway to the moon.
Sailing through the day and into the night the two dream about what they hope to find and wish upon a falling star for those dreams to be realized. They awaken to rain, wind and towering waves that threaten their journey. When the storm subsides Wilson is alone in the boat.
As Wilson searches for Hopper, asking sea turtles, penguins near an iceberg and a giant fish if they've seen him, we feel his despair and deep sense of loss. When the two pals are reunited their love reaches out and envelopes us like a warm, soft hug. That warmth continues to spread as the duo notices that the end of the world seems to be their dock with the potted cactus welcoming them back home as birds perch in the lemon trees along the shore.
I extend my sincerest thanks to Maria van Lieshout for allowing me to share additional illustrations from this book on my blog.