Little Island have just announced a new edition of Siobhan Parkinson’s All Shining in the Spring: The Story of a Baby who Died available to buy now (http://littleisland.ie/books/all-shining-in-the-spring/). Illustrated by Donald Teskey, this is a book based on the author’s personal experience and is written to help children and families cope with the loss of a baby.
Matthew is excited about the new baby. But then, one day, something very sad happens. The doctor tells Matthew’s mother that her baby isn’t growing properly and it won’t be strong enough to live outside her body. Matthew and his mother and father will always remember their baby. But as time goes by, they will not feel sad so often. This child-centred book is intended to help children and families who experience miscarriage, stillbirth, perinatal death or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
This is an important and delicate subject for both parents and children and you can hear Soibhan discuss this and the book on Bookline with Teresa Quinn here: https://www.mixcloud.com/liffeysoundfm/bookline-4421-siobh%C3%A1n-parkinson-and-all-shining-in-the-spring/
Siobhán was also interviewed along with Little Island’s Matthew Parkinson-Bennett on the Miriam O’Callaghan Show which you can catch here: https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/21931397
Siobhán Parkinson was Ireland’s first ever Laureate na nÓg (Children’s Laureate). She has published more than 30 books for children and adults, in English and Irish, with publishers including Puffin, Hodder, O’Brien Press and Little Island Books. In 2010 she founded Little Island Books. She has won many awards and been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
About the illustrator
Donald Teskey is one of Ireland’s foremost artists and illustrators. He is a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy. He has published books in collaboration with authors including John Banville and Derek Mahon.