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Vanishing Colors

Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen, Akin Duzakin (Illustrator)


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A haunting, poignant story about refugees

As a young girl and her mother take shelter for the night in their war-torn city, the whole world appears muted and dark. When the girl wakes in the middle of the night to find a bird watching her, she knows it's the one from her mother's stories, who flies down from the mountains to protect people from harm. She tells the bird what her life used to be like, before the war and destruction--she describes her favorite dress, the open market stalls, her dad playing music on the roof. As she continues to remember, colors slowly seep back into her life, and with them comes the courage to hope for a new beginning.

This evocative story is a wonderful conversation starter about an important and timely topic.

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 9780802855183, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 19, 2019

About the Author

Constance Orbeck-Nilssen has been writing children's books since 2004. Her previous titles include Why Am I Here? and I'm Right Here (both Eerdmans), and her books have been published in fifteen countries. She lives in Norway. Visit her website at Akin Duzakin is a Turkish-Norwegian illustrator and children's author. He was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2007 and 2008. He has collaborated with Constance Orbeck-Nilssen on several books, including Why Am I Here? and I'm Right Here (both Eerdmans). Akin lives in Norway. Visit his website at