Felix After the Rain
Dunja Jogan (translsated by Olivia Hellewell)
Felix is full of sorrow; in fact the boy appears to be carrying the weight of the world’s sorrows on his shoulders or rather in the huge suitcase he hauls around with him everywhere he goes. Each time something upsetting has occurred in his life, it causes his suitcase to increase in weight; so much so that it’s become almost impossible to move.
One day when it feels as though his sadness has become completely overwhelming, desperately in need of a rest, Felix stops and falls asleep beneath the shade of a tree.
A small boy playing close by sees the case, opens it and all the pent-up feelings are released into the sky causing a tumultuous storm.
Very soon though, the storm abates leaving Felix feeling calm, light and happy. A total transformation has occurred
and with a joyful heart he goes back home mightily relieved and ready to share his happy feelings with everyone around.
With its themes of the power of the importance of friendship, and of letting go of baggage we carry and being able to move forward, this is a very powerful book that speaks to both children and adults.
Dunja Jogan’s storytelling illustrations are enormously potent too, and her colour palette is exquisite.
Families, school classrooms, early years settings, in fact anywhere that children might spend time – should have a copy of this.