Teacup by Rebecca Young and lllustrated by Matt Ottley
Too much stress. Too much drama. It was all too much.
The teen and I found a quiet spot and settled down with a new picture book. Turns out, it was the perfect antidote to a day that seemed to be going wrong. Teacup by Rebecca Young and illustrated by Matt Ottley introduces readers to a young boy who must leave what is familiar and undertake a journey across a vast expanse of water in search of a new home. He brings with him a teacup filled with soil from his homeland. Carefully chosen lyrical text and soft full page images illustrate the challenge of moving on and starting over. The pages are brimming with loving the past, bravely facing the unknown, and remaining hopeful for the future. Ottley's oil paintings exquisitely capture the wonder of the journey. We poured over the pages again and again.
This book brings respite to bruised souls and peaceful moments to those facing challenges. Solace for the eyes, the mind, and the heart.