Threads is based on Torill Kove's latest animated film of the same name. A red thread lifts a woman up and leads her to a small child. The child is anxious and doesn't like to be touched, but eventually the two are tied together. We follow them through the child's upbringing – until the thread loosens and the child goes its own way.
A poignant and touching story about love and attachment, told almost without a single word.
The red thread of love
…She let´s the thread that binds them together become longer and longer, and the bubble that surround them become bigger and bigger, before the daughter eventually breaks the bubble and severs the thread. Then something happens! The read thread becomes a small red tussle inside the both of them. A heart symbolizing the love and safe feeling they both carry with them onwards. A beautiful picture - striking and instantly understandable for both children and adults. Here Kove creates her own very original metaphor.
Strong Children´s book from the Norwegian Oscar-winner
Is this a story about adoption? Possibly. But the insight that is conveyed is valid in any safe relationship between children and adults. That people who love each other are bound together by threads is a beautiful and precise picture of our dependence in each other and our need to be loved and cared for.
Warm and tender
Threads contain a story that many may relate to, and it is told with a gripping warmth and sensitivity. It is a piece of wisdom chiselled out on bright and clean pages. The relationship between mother and child is expressed wisely, and there is thoughtfulness in the portrayal.
Beautiful about adoption and motherly love
As usual, Kove´s illustration is stylistic and hushed. The characters are drawn two-dimensional and in full figure, mostly in a normal perspective. The background is absent or outlined, the colour palette soft. It is obvious that the deeply personal story becomes stronger through the simple narrative. And this works! It feels like a declaration of love and a philosophy of life.
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