Text: Katarzyna Jackowska-Enemuo

Illustrations:  Marianna Sztyma



72 pages


21 x 27,5 cm




It is difficult to talk to children about inevitability, about death, about illness, about what seems completely pointless, sometimes even unfair. It’s hard to talk to them about what is happening to a person who has to face it. About emotions, the most difficult ones, about which we often hear that they are „bad” – and yet they are natural.

This beautiful fairy tale allows you to speak with pictures. It allows you to name things directly, bypassing the rationalization process. He gives us magic tools.

Together with its protagonist, we get to know many emotions that the boy experiences in the fight against the River of Sorrow, the Raging Forest, or the Abyss of Despair. The boy becomes very close to the reader. Sometimes he wants to be alone, he is depressed, he doesn’t want to talk to anyone, to laugh and hug a lot.

It gives you time to remain silent and observe the world from non-obvious perspectives, as well as discovering and experiencing it on your own.

The author gives us a magic tool, a beautiful story that allows us to tame the most difficult emotions, often carefully hidden.