We were immediately impressed by the story in the picture book concept “Mum’s scarf”. The author sensitively approaches a really difficult topic, the death of a mother, from a child’s perspective. Only the red scarf with the mother’s scent remains. Like the smell, the memory threatens to fade, and the compositions of the pictures provide a varied and harmonious accompaniment to the literal thread of the book.
A thoroughly successful work and a book for anyone who has lost a loved one, wants to discuss this topic with children or simply wants to be touched.
Cornelia Funke also writes that she would like as many children as possible to hold Joana’s book in their hands. “Children are often left so alone with the loss of a parent. – It’s very different in California, which we as a family found very comforting. But in Europe, unfortunately, there is often a great silence. The children will even laugh at Joana’s pictures,” Cornelia Funke surmises.