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The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic
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Oct 28, 2011

it was amazing
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Losing a loved one is never easy, but it’s even harder for a young child, who doesn’t necessarily understand everything but understands more than adults think.

In “The Scar,” by Charlotte Moundlic, we meet one such little boy.

“The Scar” is one of the sweetest, saddest and most beautiful picture books you may come across. Author Chalotte Moundlic captures the pure, raw emotion of loss in a way that everyone can relate to. She also moves beyond the grief with humor and grace that even a small child will recognize.

There is quite a bit of text in “The Scar,” but it works. Well-edited the story is told from the boy’s point of view and every emotion plays out perfectly in sync with expressive illustrations. Olivier Tallec’s artwork utilizes the color red to not only show anger and frustration, but also hurt and love.

Loneliness and emotional truth play out in this tender story. Though the main character is a child, “The Scar” will speak to anyone who has experienced loss. It may also be helpful for children whose friends are going through the same experience.

Never heavy handed, “The Scar” will make you laugh and cry. It helps open barriers and sets the stage for healing.
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