By: Anne-Margot Ramstein & Matthias Arégui
Each time you open a page in this wordless book, there is a set of corresponding images side by side. The images are drawn simply with clean lines. Each set of images implies a “before” and “after” like the title describes. One example of a set of images is a slingshot on one page and a broken window on its facing page. There is also a subtle narrative throughout the book, such as the changing seasons shown with trees.
This book may function as a gentle game, encouraging readers to make associations between the images shown in each set of pages and the book in its entirety. Since it is wordless, it creates the opportunity for dialogue.
Look at this book together as a family and discuss: what do you see before and after?
Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)