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PocketyOur kids' book of the month for April is a simple story about grief, and the continuation of life, as a tortoise mourns her lost friend.

“You know, grand-mother, when I grow up, I’m not going to do things the way you did.”

“Is that so?” said Pockety.

“Absolutely,” said Bubble. “You see, I will have a friend. He will sit next to me at school. He will be very, very good-looking, very, very nice, and very, very clever. He will be just as I would like him to be. And afterwards, we will go on long journeys all the time. And I will always be very happy. And he will never leave me,” she added throwing a small blue pebble into the water.

“What a good idea, my little one,” said Pockety.

Moving, funny and insightful, Pockety captures the feelings of losing someone we love – from denial and anger to eventual peace – through the world of a young tortoise. It speaks clearly to that part of humanity we all experience: what we must pay for having love in our lives, and how we may grow around its loss.

Pockety is a tale for young and old, and for anyone who has ever loved. The suggested reading age is 7+

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Author Florence Seyvos grew up in Northern France. At 20 she won first prize in a short- story competition, then went on to publish her first children’s book. She has also written several novels for adults, including Les Apparitions (awarded the Prix Goncourt du premier roman) and more recently Un Garçon Incassable. She has also collaborated on a number of screenplays with Noémie Lvovsky, including Sentiments and Camille Redouble.

pocketyThe Illustrator, Claude Ponti, is a painter and one of the most popular children’s books illustrators in France. Ponti created his first children’s book in 1985, for his daughter Adèle, which became a great success. Since then, he has taken his readers into a poetic world full of humour with his numerous picture books including Okilélé, My Valley, Georges Lebanc and Lili Prune’s Revenge. In 2006 he received the Prix Sorcières Spécial for his life work.

Pockety is available online and from all good book sellers.