Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
As a young girl and her mother take shelter for the night in their war-torn city, the whole world appears muted and dark. When the girl wakes in the middle of the night to find a bird watching her, she knows it’s the one from her mother’s stories, who flies down from the mountains to protect people from harm. She tells the bird what her what her life used to be like, before the war and destruction—she describes her favorite dress, the open market stalls, her dad playing music on the roof. As she continues to remember, colors slowly seep back into her life, and with them comes the courage to hope for a new beginning.
Family Relationships; Homelessness; displaced; refugees; refugee child; refugee mother
gray; ashen; bird; protection; red dress; destruction; memories; lilacs; hope; rainbow
Nilssen, Constance Orbeck, "Vanishing Colors" (2019). Diverse Families. 1852.