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The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic
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Mar 26, 12

bookshelves: 5-stars, death-grief, picture-books, childrens
Read in January, 2012

A young boy knows what dead is. He knows that's what's happening to his mother, but when the time comes, he struggles to deal with his grief - and looking after his father. He's afraid of losing his mother - so he keeps the windows shut, even though it is summer, to keep her smell inside. When he grazes his knee, he can hear her voice, so he keeps picking the scab off, to keep it bleeding, and the voice of his mother in his head. Then, one day, he realises the scab has gone and turned into a scar - like his grief. Simple cartoonlike illustrations, with a limited colour palette, which is skillfully used, enhance the emotion of the characters.
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