What a gift. Nichols and his daughter have turned the emotional letter he wrote to her after their family home burned down in the CZU Fire into this special book, celebrating what was built and what will endure. Breckmeyer’s colorful illustrations add reverent intimacy in their many details. While the book’s framework comes from devastating loss, its message of how we create a sense of home and carry it forward is gracious and universal.
A story inspired by a letter from a father to his daughter about wildfire, loss, and learning that we carry our homes inside us wherever we go
In the shade of ancient redwood trees, by a creek, not far from the ocean, a father builds a house for his newborn daughter, where she grows up wild and strong in their coastal canyon home. When a wildfire takes back their beloved house, he writes his now-grown daughter a letter telling her it’s gone. Inspired by the real letter the author wrote his daughter, this poignant story—written together by father and daughter—joyfully declares that a home is more than just wood and stone; it is made of love and can never be taken away. You carry home with you wherever you go.
About the Author
Wallace Grayce Nichols is a student of sustainable design, problem solver, and water lover. Her father, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, is a marine biologist and the author of the bestselling book, Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. Home is the slow coast of California. Drew Beckmeyer is a fine artist, illustrator, and elementary school teacher. He lives in Northern California.
"The art echoes the text’s emphasis on beauty rather than loss. . .In the event’s aftermath, the affecting story’s tone remains openhearted, concluding with sentiments that encourage resilience and reflect on the nature of home." — Publishers Weekly
"It’s a touching sentiment that reminds readers of all ages that our lives are defined not by our material possessions but by the memories we make. . .Intricate and emotional." — Kirkus Reviews