The Wall and the Wind
The Wall & the Wind
by Veselina Tomova
Included in the Globe & Mail's "The Globe 100" for 2020
But for all her bravery and imagination, there was one thing the girl could not do—she could not jump over the WALL.
In the middle of the twentieth century, in the middle of Eastern Europe, a young girl dreams of adventures far and near. One day, a huge wall appears that separates East from West, and dreamer from dreams. No ladder is tall enough, no tunnel deep enough to get past that wall. But then a crack appears in the wall, and the girl (now a woman) knows she has the chance to follow her dreams again.
In this gentle and moving picture book, Veselina Tomova tells the story of her own immigrant journey. As she writes in the book's afterword: "One can be a wanderer by choice, driven by curiosity and longing to reach new frontiers, or just be tossed in the turmoil of circumstances beyond one's control and running for safety. But we all crave a place to call home." This timely and beautiful story celebrates that impulse to find a home, and to cultivate a community.
9"x9" softcover, 38 pages. For readers 4 to 8.