The Bird Within Me Flies Wherever it Wants
What do you do when it feels impossible to live up to everything that is expected of you? What do you do when the only person who understands you disappear? When you are young and carry a longing for something that you can hardly put words on?
Berta was born in 1910 on a farm in a small village in northern Sweden. During her childhood, she lost both her sister and her beloved mother in tuberculosis, the severe lung disease that affected so many people in the early 1900s.
She knew early on that she wanted to be an artist and took a stand against the many conventions that existed when it came to work, family and dreams.
The Bird Within Me Flies Wherever It Wants is based on the life of artist Berta Hansson but it is also a universal story of grief, longing, intransigence and the power of imagination to change.
Books by Sara Lundberg
- Press voices
- The August Prize jury's motivation:
"What does it mean to “follow you dreams”? What kind of sacrifice, work and pain does it imply? In The Bird Within Flies Wherever It Wants, Sara Lundberg has interpreted and reflected on the artist Berta Hansson’s (1910-1994) striking and unique life story. The result is a beautiful, vital children’s book about art and life, which inspires readers to dare to follow their own bird wherever they want."
"The Bird Within Flies Wherever It Wants is a perfect refrain for a young rebel. (...) The greater story is about following one's heart. To follow when the bird within oneself wants to fly wild." Gunilla Brodej, Expressen
"The Bird Within Flies Wherever It Wants is a piece of (women’s) history for the youngest, but executed in a fashion of high artistic originality – never preachy or stilted. The illustrations are incredibly beautiful, I would like to frame every one of them and hang on the wall. The language is poetic and lovely, and full of implicit sorrow and longing. […] This is children’s literature at its finest." Ida Therén, ETC (23/8 2017).
"Sara Lundberg’s illustrations: there are no words […] an extraordinary beautiful book in every way: cover, title, binding and content." Prickiga Paula (27/8 2017)
"(...) This book shouldn't be missed, by neither children nor adults (...) A double art experience is offered here - in addition to the finest class illustrations, the beautiful edition is no less than an artist's biography of the most congenial kind." Västerbottens-Kuriren
- Winner of the August Prize 2017