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The Swing Book

Britta Teckentrup’s latest book for children of every age is a poetic masterpiece about the passage of time. A swing on a hill overlooking the water is at the center of this lovely meditation on childhood, growing older, friendship and loss. “The swing has always been in this place—ever since I can remember,” declares the narrator. “Here we stood together, looking out to sea, waiting for something to change. . . for something new, something exciting. But every day was the same.” But as seasons change and years pass, things do change. Friends come and go, lovers meet and kiss, spring turns to autumn, and the swing set grows creaky with age. All of these changes are gorgeously communicated by Teckentrup’s signature collage paintings that employ soft, radiant colors and simple yet powerful compositions. With its equally compelling text, readers of every age will experience time as a gentle but inescapable force, bringing about new experiences. And as the narrator grows older and wiser, readers themselves will understand that life’s most important memories can never disappear.

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The Swing Book Reviews

Product Tested By Sarah Humphries – Ella 8 Years

Sarah Awarded The Swing Book 4.5/5

I thought the book looked great, really well made hardback book, beautiful illustrations, nice wording and font used which is easy for children to read. Not too many words so a child doesn’t get bored of reading, there ate just the correct amount. The colouring and softness of the pictures and soothing, not overpowering, stimulating or too bright. The book has a very calming effect. I like the soft texture of the cover, it feels similar to canvas which is a lovely effect. The storyline in the back of book instantly inspired me and I couldn’t wait to sit with my daughter and discover the full story and what was behind it. As soon as my daughter saw the book, she saw the front cover and she wanted to read the book instantly. She loves reading and all sorts of books, it’s one of her most favourite things to do, so this excited her a lot and she couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Yes my daughter thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, she found it interesting to be fun, inspiring, emotional, interesting, imaginative, moving, meaningful and engaging. She liked the story line and what the swing meant to all the characters in the book. This was very educational for my daughter of how an object can create so many different memories for so many different people. This really did captivate her attention, because of how different people in the story all had different reasons which revolved around the swing, such as sadness, happiness, making memories, sharing thoughts, imaginative thoughts, creating scenario’s in their heads. She loved how the pictures changed in each scene, how it faded half way through and the font getting lighter, this inspired her to keep reading. It kept my daughter very entertained because of the changing storylines for each different character in the story. This made it more interesting for her and excited her to keep reading on. Firstly, my daughter could relate as her name is Ella and a character in the book was also named Ella, so that made her smile a lot. Also, recently, as a family we’ve been going through some struggles and my daughter has a swing in our back garden. She often goes outside to sit on the swing, and I’ve watched her from the lounge window, swinging gently, thinking and talking to herself or her little sister. They share stories, memories, chat about little things that happen in their days. So my daughter could relate a lot as this book seemed quite close to hold for her. It’s given her some hope, comfort and relief. The story has inspired my daughter to realise that memories are always part of us, with us and who we are. That memories are important, build a story of who we are and also great to share with others. She’s learned a valuable lesson that not all memories are bad or good, they are mixed. She’s understood that we all have things going on in our lives and that everyone is going through something, and she’s not the only one. She’s also understood not to be afraid of making new memories, to be inspired by them and learn from them. The illustrations are absolutely stunning. Each picture tells a story even without looking at the words. Each picture is so well thought out, very well drawn and look so soothing and beautiful. Using our imagination, we could tell what was happening before reading the words. The softness of the drawings and the delicate brushstrokes are relaxing, soft and so inspiring. They bought every story and every page to life. My daughter has read the book on several occasion, more than 10 times I’d says. She’s read to me and her dad. Read by herself, and to her little sister. Helped her little sister read the book. She’s read it before bedtime, morning, and in the afternoon. I’ve read the book to my daughters at bedtime, as it’s such a lovely story it soothes them before bed. My daughter loved the illustrations, the beautiful wording, the softness of each picture, the relaxing nature of the book. The educational purposes and what she’s learned about making memories and how much she’s realised how important making memories is. She’s loved each storyline and learning what is happening to each character. I loved the illustrations, I’m blown away by every picture, it’s such a beautiful book, which is relaxing, soothing, fun, magical and inspiring. It really is a lovely storyline and each memory made melted my heart and some of them I could relate to, which was amazing. Excellent quality, really well made, structured and how strong and durable it is. The book is solid and heavy, but perfect for children as it’s a good a size. I love how the book is climate neutral, which is fantastic. The softness of the paper is lovely too. It feels really nice and so beautifully put together. The quality of the illustrations are out of this world. They are so well thought out, so elegantly drawn, they all look neat, smart, delicate, smooth, soft and so beautifully done. There isn’t one fault, it’s simply perfect in every way. I think I would agree 5 years plus is perfect. This is a great age where children start to read on their own, so the age limit is spot on. The font is easy to read, easy to understand, and very well thought out, as there is no complicated words for children to read in the book, it’s catering for the right share groups. I feel the book could well seem a little expensive for families to be able to purchase in the current times we are in at present. This could be a book families or parent/carers may not choose to buy and choose a cheaper alternative, as so many people are struggling at the moment, to make ends meet. The book is beautiful and such a wonderful story, for children and adults, but I just feel that spending £19.99 could be something others feel would be a little steep. I think the price could be looked at again, perhaps being made a little cheaper so families can afford such a great book, or perhaps popping it in libraries so children can experience it from hiring it from their local library for a week or two, then they get both benefits. I do agree the book could easily be related to other siblings. My daughter did share this with her little sister and they both could relate to some of the storylines in the book. This book could most definitely be passed down to the right age sibling, and they can also learn the valuable lessons of making memories and learning from each scenario. This book could be passed up or down the line of siblings. I’ve chose yes and no. Yes, as it is such a wonderful book, I absolutely would have purchased it, but only if the price came down. There is no way at the moment I could afford almost £20 for a book, when I have 4 children. I couldn’t justify spending that much. The book sure is worth purchasing because it is such a wonderful book, but no I couldn’t buy it, only if it was affordable. I would most definitely recommend to some of my family members. Preferably those who I know how higher incomes, as the book wouldn’t be able to be purchased from this family members who I know are struggling like myself. I’d recommend it on the basis they it is a very beautiful, fun, remarkable, interesting, and inspiring book. The fact it has stunning illustrations, well thought out, interesting storylines that children and adults can relate to. That each picture tells the story without having to read the words first. It’s educational, imaginative, moving and special. The lovely texture of the book, the durability of the book and the fact it can be passed to other siblings. Also, how ecofriendly it is. This book is simply amazing. It’s been a favourite in our house and my daughter has loved reading it, and my other daughter has enjoyed it too. It’s a very fun book, with such lovely storylines. The fact it’s climate neutral, so that is a huge bonus. The book is strong, durable, easy to hold and keeps children entertained over and over again. The book has given inspiration, education, fun and imagination. It’s helped my daughter understand the importance of making memories and helped her realise what making memories is all about. This has been a great book to share with my girls, and they will continue to read it. The only downfall is the current price of the book. This for me personally, is overpriced and something I wouldn’t be able to afford if ever I was to purchase this book. The overall experience of receiving, testing and reviewing this beautiful book will be one to remember always. We have been so lucky to be chosen to receive a very special book, which will stay with us for many years and hopefully we can pass on to my older daughter’s children to read. It’s a wonderful book, with beautiful stories about making memories, in one special place which the characters all have in common. That one special place where memories are made, just like in real life. We all have that one special place. This book is so relatable for children and adults, where they can relate to the storylines in the book, be inspired by them and understand how important making memories can be. How education the book is and how it teaches us the value of friendships, relationships, imaginative play, having fun, being in-touch with our emotions, whether they be happy or sad ones.It teaches us how that one special place can mean so much, to so many different people, but each story is individual.It’s got amazing illustrations, lovely words, easy font to understand and read. It’s a great book for children to read anytime of the day, to share with siblings, help learn to read and create their memories reading the book. It helps towards understanding how important it is making memories with loved ones, friends and how to handle the sad memories. Overall it’s a wonderful book, with soft delicate pages, pictures, colours and wording. It’s not over posing or too stimulating, it’s relaxing and soothing effects are great. It’s ecofriendly, durable and strongly made. This has been a special experience and one well not forget and treasure forever. Thank you so much. Sarah Humphries – Ella 8 Years

Product Tested By Rebecca Browning – Olivanie 5 Years

Rebecca Awarded The Swing Book 4/5

Looked like a very nice well-presented book. I think the design of the front cover is more appealing to adults and did not captivate my child’s attention. She found the book long, not very exciting and she also found it hard to understand the story. This book has short sentences so she wanted to have a go at reading herself. Unfortunately she did not manage to relate to the story. I think the illustrations certainly bought the story to life. We only read this book once as Olivanie found it hard to understand the meaning of the story. My daughter loves going on the swing so the images of the swing were her favourite part of the book. I really liked the story and the meaning withing the story. Excellent paper quality and illustrations. The illustrations are lovely and very well drawn. I think my daughter at 5 years was too young for this book and feel it should be aimed at older children. If aimed at older children then yes good value. This book is good enough quality to be kept and passed down to other siblings. I would not consider buying this for my daughter at her present age but as she got older yes as she would relate to the story better. I would recommend as the story is heartwarming and sweet. I feel this is better suited for older children. Lovely story, lovely presented book. I enjoyed the meaning more than my 5 year old. To keep younger children engaged, less photos and more depth to the story. We were changing the page before she’d taken in all of the illustrations and I had to keep reading to keep her engaged so we didn’t view the illustrations as we should have. Rebecca Browning – Olivanie 5 Years

Product Tested By Katie Ainslie – Freya 9 Years

Katie Awarded The Swing Book 3/5

Looks good, great quality. Nice cover and design. She did enjoy reading the book but didn’t like the changing people. This book did keep her interested as not too long and not much per page. She did relate to the message in the story. This story did help her realise memories are always with you and a valuable lesson to keep those memories with you always. The illustrations certainly did bring the story to life. She read the book once as wasn’t keen on the story with the people changing. She liked the pictures and drawings. I think it had a good storyline but was too long for young children. Great quality and illustrations. The illustrations are really lovely. Personally I think the book is very expensive for what it is and the story. I know it is aimed at 5 years plus but I think a 5year old would get bored, as it’s too long. I would not buy this book as was not really one of my daughters favourite. I would not recommend due to story and price. Lovely quality but not a great story for young children too long. Katie Ainslie – Freya 9 Years

It teaches us how that one special place can mean so much, to so many different people, but each story is individual.It’s got amazing illustrations, lovely words, easy font to understand and read. It’s a great book for children to read anytime of the day, to share with siblings, help learn to read and create their memories reading the book. It helps towards understanding how important it is making memories with loved ones, friends and how to handle the sad memories. Overall it’s a wonderful book, with soft delicate pages, pictures, colours and wording. It’s not over posing or too stimulating, it’s relaxing and soothing effects are great. It’s ecofriendly, durable and strongly made. This has been a special experience and one well not forget and treasure forever.

Awards

Sarah Awarded The Swing Book 4.5/5

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