Last & Found

Last & Found

Maija Hurme

Original Title
Kaikki löytämäni viimeiset
Etana Editions, Fall 2022
Picture books
32 pp, 210 x 230 mm
Rights Sold
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Last & Found

Maija Hurme

A star flickers for the last time.
It died long before we were born, hundreds or thousands of years ago.
For years, the light travelled through space.

Life is full of last times. The last bite of chocolate, the last day of winter, the last piece of the puzzle. Some last times are joyful, others sad. A last time can be an opportunity, a beginning, terrifying or a change. A last time can be a funny memory that stays forever.

Last & Found is a philosophical, comforting and somewhat melancholic book of thoughts that invites reflection and conversation. A beautiful and sensitive collection of special moments and things, captured by Maija Hurme’s sharp and lovingly eye.

“Maija Hurme succeeds in both creating atmosphere and inviting conversation without the book becoming too pedagogical. […] In the interplay between the short texts and the emotional design of the illustrations, the book opens up for free interpretation and discussion depending on the needs of the reading children. The overall impression is a beautiful and somewhat melancholic depiction of the transience of life: rotting sausages, decaying mushrooms in the forest, dying stars. But it also becomes clear that life takes place precisely in these moments, in these fleeting moments that are often overshadowed by everything that came first. The last dance of the evening, the last shared bun and the last street lamp that switches off before the dawn of a new day.” Julie Ebbe, Svenska Yle

“The philosophical picture book successfully takes up a rather difficult topic for children’s books. It is not easy to talk and write about feelings such as melancholy, sadness, longing, fear and worry. Facing the last times often also means being confronted with change.” Johanna Björkholm-Kallio, Österbottens Tidning

“Hurme’s elegant homage to the gems of life’s last moments stimulates the eye, the ear and the mind.” Maria Lassén-Seger, Hufvudstadsbladet


By the same author

White Ravens 2023

Nominated - Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2023

"At first glance, it looks like a photo album offering glimpses of important moments in a child’s life. Little by little, however, the individual moments begin to merge into a cohesive and philosophical journey through the child’s world of experiences, which takes the last nappy or the last piece of chocolate no less seriously as the last night sleeping between mum and dad. (...)"

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