那么，那么 So Then, So Then
The author dedicates this work
to the adults of tomorrow,
and kids of yesterday.
MST highly recommends this touching book as a gift for mothers or mothers-to-be!
It's easy enough to read and laugh together with our kids at snippets of family life,
yet thought-provoking enough to read alone
or to lift our spirits when our mama heart is exhausted.
This is a humourous take and ode to childhood and motherhood,
with joys, sorrows, quirks, and things we may never be able to explain!
We'd definitely be able to relate to mother-son interactions
and see ourselves in the pages of these books, like
- our child setting his eyes on a toy at the store, us buying it, and after some time, it just becomes another item in his toy pile
- soon after we clean and tidy up the room, it becomes a big mess again
- a pet can bring our child much joy, and can also bring pain and tears in the next instant
- when playing with a friend or sibling, they can be snatching and crying, and then playing nicely the next moment
- shouting "I'm so hungry, I'm so hungry" when we're preparing a meal, yet running away from the dining table just after a few mouthfuls
- once we were brushing teeth together in the washroom, years later it's just mama standing alone staring into the mirror having visibly aged
and many more!
Recommended for Ages: 2-99
Format: Hard cover
Language: Simplified Chinese with Hanyu Pinyin
Author / Illustrator: 【日】吉竹神介
Translated from: Japanese
Translated by: 赵五皎
This book is definitely more for adults than children I feel, for me the main message is to remember to treasure the ephemeral moments when kids are very young. The story focuses on a devoted mom and her son who changes through the years. I get really teary when I read it, but it’s really more of the visual storytelling than the words. The cartoony style is super cute but it’s deeply moving.