glenn ringtved

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At the weekend, I wandered around Hampstead Heath and went into a bookstore. I always check the children’s books section as some are really deep concepts simplified and they end up being both for children and grown-ups actually.

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I found a children’s book called “Cry Heart, but never break” by Glenn Ringtved. Feeling intrigued, I sat cross legged and started reading.
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It’s a story about how death is a natural part of life, how joy and grief cannot exist one another. Here’s how the story goes:
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In a small house, lived four children with their grandmother. One day she had a visitor. The children knew it was Death who came for their grandmother.
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The children made the plan to keep Death away from their grandmother by giving him coffee all through the night. Every time Death emptied his cup, they would offer him more.
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Time passed and finally, Death was ready. The children asked him why their grandmother had to die. Death wanted to help them understand. So he told them a story.
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There lived two brothers called Sorrow and Grief. Woeful and sad, they moved up and down their gloomy valley, never looking up. At the top of those hills, there lived two sisters called Joy and Delight. Bright and sunny, they were full of happiness, but they felt they couldn’t fully enjoy their happiness.
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One day the brothers and the sisters met and they fell in love with each other. After their double wedding, they moved into neighboring houses halfway-up and halfway-down the hill. They lived to be very old. When the time came to die, Grief and Joy died on the same day. So did Sorrow and Delight.
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After telling the story Death said, “It is the same with life and death.
What would life be worth is there were no death?
Who would enjoy the sun if it never rained?
Who would yearn for day if there were no night?”
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Then Death stood up and went upstairs. Moments later, the children heard the upstairs window open. Then, in a voice somewhere between a cry and a whisper, Death said, “Fly. Soul. Fly, fly away.”
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The children hurried upstairs. Grandmother had died. Looking at the children, Death said, “Cry, Heart, but never break. Let yours tears of grief and sadness help begin new life.” Then he left.
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In the years that followed, the children loved with their joy and their sorrow, but they always remembered Death’s words and took great comfort from their hearts, which grieved and cried but never broke.
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It’s pretty deep for a children’s book 😃
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It’s my favourite one after “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls”. I loved it so much I bought it for my inner little girl, who didn’t know how to process sadness, now she does 🙌🏼
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Highly recommend getting this book, it’s never too early to teach about emotions to your children or too late for your inner child 🙏🏼
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