Just like a natural disaster, war arrives to Akim's simple life, a child who gets lost in a landscape of desolation until someone holds his hand and he is dragged with all the people who are running away.
Tha traumatic experiences of war and escaping from it, a reality for many people, are told with great sensitivity through the Belgian artist Claude K. Dubois' texts and drawings.
They usually frolic in flocks, scolding vociferously, always eager to investigate their surroundings - sparrows are just like children, and maybe that is why children love these cheeky birds so much! This beautifully illustrated picture book takes us on a guided tour of the life of the sparrows thoughout the year.
A bright twitter, a dashing sample of aviational prowess - here they are: The swallows have come back from their winter quarters! Let's watch them build a new nest in the cowshed, see how the female lays eggs from which the young will hatch soon after. We can watch them grow and witness their first attempts at flying.
"I was sitting in my room one night, all snug and comfy, when there was a knock on the door. Now who might it be but my friend!"
Now, that's as snug and promising a beginning to a never-ending book as one could wish for, isn't it?
Certainly, Karla can't complain: she's young, beautiful, she has a cottage in the woods leaned by the wind and a witch's cauldron, where she cooks witch's soup. If only she weren't so lonely!