Silence or celebration?
Bates's story, inspired by the death of her own daughter, aged two, is a lyrical, deeply emotional narrative that should ideally be shared by child and adult. Saying Goodbye: ASpecial Farewell to Mama Nkwelle, by Ifeoma Onyefulu (Frances Lincoln pound;10.99), is an uplifting tribute to a long life. Unlike The Shape, which deals with the consequences of a life and death not talked about, Saying Goodbye uses rich, colourful, exuberant photographs and text to recount how a small Igbo community in Nigeria pays homage to a loved one, honouring the life that has gone with dancing and singing and adornment.
A positive approach and gentle introduction to a difficult subject.