A Small Collection of Happiness by Zana Fraillon – Our Review


Our Review

A Small Collection of Happinesses is beautiful whimsical story about two most unlikely friends. A wholesome heart-warming story that would be best for readers aged 9 to 12 years, the stirring narrative is brilliantly enhanced by the illustrations.

Ada an elderly lady has been blown in by the storm to live in a housing estate that is quite rough around the edges. Ada is a grumpy lady, who is brisk in her manner and not the type of neighbour that Hettie, the young girl who lives next door would choose.

But, over time Hettie and Ada get to know each other with Ada appearing to be softening with the presence of the girl keeping her company.

When their housing comes under threat, the two band together to fight for the place they call home.

This is a charming read for middle readers, with a playful tone underpinning more complex themes of grief, loss, and friendship.

Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books