With subtlety and grace, Benji Davies paints a poignant and ultimately uplifting picture of loss.
At the bottom of Sydâ€™s garden, through the gate and past the tree, is Grandadâ€™s house. Syd can let himself in any time he likes. But one day when Syd comes to call, Grandad isnâ€™t in any of the usual places. Heâ€™s in the attic, where he ushers Syd through a door, and the two of them journey to a wild, beautiful island awash in color where Grandad decides he will remain. So Syd hugs Grandad one last time and sets sail for home. Visiting Grandadâ€™s house at the bottom of the garden again, he finds it just the same as itâ€™s always been â€” except that Grandad isnâ€™t there anymore. Sure to provide comfort to young children struggling to understand loss, Benji Daviesâ€™s tale is a sensitive and beautiful reminder that our loved ones live on in our memories long after theyâ€™re gone.