Every night, a giant pit sucked and slurped up everything... And every night, it slurped me up, too...
For one young child, nothing has been the same since losing their father. Words won't fit together. Playing soccer is no longer fun. And every night brings the same terrible dream... a black, slurping pit that looks just like the period their father taught about as a grammar teacher. Periods mean something has ended, forever.
After receiving the gift of their father's old grammar book, other symbols appear in the dream. The comma that carries one idea to another might keep the child from being slurped up for a while, but to escape their nightmare for good, the child must make a startling discovery - one that will reach beyond dreams to help heal their grief and teach them the meaning of their father's favourite symbol of all.
Written by Britt Sayler and illustrated by Dorota Rewerenda, The Semicolon is a compelling, sensitive picture book that gives voice to the experience of childhood depression. Inspired by the use of the semicolon by mental health advocates around the world, this story will help parents and educators begin conversations with children about big feelings, finding hope and building resilience.