Children's literature: a childhood under the sign of eco-anxiety

Youth literature: a childhood under the sign of ecoanxiety

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Florent, a very sensitive ten-year-old boy, overhears a conversation between his two mothers. With the words that they exchange, he understands that they hesitate to give birth to another child, because of the current state of the planet… The notions of pollution, social responsibility, global warming are embedded in the boy's head. Forest fires haunt his nights. Are there too many people on Earth? Is he himself too much?

The Quai no 5 collection from Éditions XYZ is beginning to earn a solid reputation as literary masterpieces! After the incredible 2021 album Papier Bulle, signed Simon Boulerice, it is the turn of the book The smallest savior in the world to charm, upset and move children. and great. 

Samuel Larochelle's text encourages the reader to have a real reflection on environmental issues, while exploring one of the great concerns of our time, eco-anxiety. < /p>

And what about the illustrations of Eve Patenaude. They are sublime, striking and sweet!

Planetary life in 2022

Florent is a hypersensitive boy who perceives everything intensively. Nevertheless, his emotions, his questions and his observations join those of many other children, adolescents and even adults. 

Realizing how badly the planet is doing, Florent comes to think that not only should we no longer have new children, but that all parents should have stopped having them before. 

Frightened and shaken by all the feelings that take hold of him, the boy withdraws into himself, refusing even to speak to his mothers for days. His joy of living completely evaporates… His parents want more than anything to bring him hope, to transform his eco-anxiety into solutions.

The album The world's smallest savior is a huge hit. The words of Samuel Larochelle jostle us as much as they rock us. Such beauty emanates from each of the pages of the book, even those that reflect the boy's despair, because we guess that he wants to have hope. 

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