Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A Picture Book for Mothers about Depression

NZ Writer & Illustrator

Moira Wairama, illustrated by Linda Tilyard

The Mother’s Child

Baggage Books 2016 $22.00pb 40pp

ISBN: 978 0 4733 2659 3

Themes: Creativity/ Depression/ Family life/ Me Time/ Picture books for adults

 This looks like a picture book for quite small children but it is really aimed at their mothers.  It tells of a young mother who has a baby to care for and several older children, who is in the middle of a bout of depression. One night she dreams she finds her younger self, crying and sad, in a derelict house longing for the artistically creative person she once was. Many mothers will relate to this story, which does have a happy ending. The whole project, with its striking illustrations by Linda Tilyard took many years to put together.  

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Sorry I can’t find an image of the book and my camera is just not cooperating this morning. 

Moira with a copy of The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour plus some of the puppets she created to support it. Image: Barbara Murison

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