Forever or a Day By Sarah Jacoby




This book is divine! I could quite happily leave the review right there, so you are too curious not to go out and get your hands on a copy!


Forever or a Day is a story about time. It is about the passing of time and how it can seem long or ridiculously fleeting. It is about how we cannot hold on to time and we only have what we have.

There is no plot line to this text, simply ideas and the theme of time. It is poignant and beautiful, and I can’t wait to read it and talk it through with my children (both at home and in the classroom).

Why I love it:

Anyone who reads our weekly book reviews, will have by now figured out that I am a complete softy. I love anything heartfelt and adore anything family-related. I love books that allow you to think and appreciate, and books that allow each reader to take something a little different and a little personal, away with them.

Forever or a Day is all of those things. I love it.

Themes to discuss with your child:

  • Time
  • How lucky we are
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Memories
  • The concepts of time moving quickly or seeming to stand still
  • The concept of time being finite
  • Making the most of time

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • What are the two people on the cover, doing?
  • How old do you think they are? What makes you think this?
  • What do you think ‘forever’ means?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this story? Why/why not?
  • What do you think this book is all about?
  • When did you first get the idea of the theme of the book?
  • When do you feel as though time is going slowly?
  • When do you feel as though time is speeding by?
  • If you had all the time in the world, what would you do more of?
  • What do you think is the best way to spend your time?

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