A much-needed book set in the jewel-coloured jungle opens up the difficult theme of death with gentle and caring words to children and adults alike. The text carries strong feelings but it is accessible and healing at the same time.
Tapir sees his best friend Silkmonkey getting sick and fading away. Once she is gone, he is angry and sad and con sed, and acts up with everyone, even though all other animals − Sloth, Parrot and Bear − make room for him in his sorrow. Litte by little, Tapir must accept his loss and understand that he is not the only one who misses Silkmonkey.
"This picture book covers a heavy subject in a delicate and sensitive manner. Death is hard to accept, but this story beautifully depicts how animals collectively remember their deceased friend. Sharing makes sadness gradually subside, or at least change its form.
Bondestam’s images are stunning and multicoloured, enabling the reader feel like they’re entering an enormous jungle themselves."
“Silkmonkey’s Laughter (Silkesapans skratt) is a beautiful, comforting and touching story of friendship and loss. The book helps to discuss grief with children.”