Sunday, October 14, 2007
Alba by Ann-Catherine De Boel
Author: Anne-Catherine De Boel
Publisher (reissued): Giraffe Books, Pan Macmillan Africa
Availability:Pan Macmillan at www.panmacmillan.co.za
Alba is a beautifully told, evocative story about a little girl who was sitting in front of her house, waiting, with ants working at her feet.
“Good day Alba,” one of the ants said.
As I read the book for the first time, the story and the characters didn’t make sense. Where was Alba’s father and why did she have to look for him so hard?
The story evoked a feeling of sadness and abandonment. Then I realized that was exactly how Alba felt, looking for answers, and yet the more she looked, the more puzzling it all was. This is made worse by the fact that she is only five years old.
Baby didn’t quite like Alba, mostly because the book deals with an difficult subject. But, I recommend it highly.