Through the Gate tells the story of a young girl who has just moved house and is struggling to cope with all the changes in her life. Every day she plods to school, then comes home and looks forlornly at the dilapidated house from her garden gate. Life seems grey and quiet. Then, slowly but surely, she begins to notice a change.
Each day the girl comes home from school, the house seems a little less dilapidated; a little more bright and colourful. As the story progresses, her spirit begins to lift. Each time the child passes ‘through the gate’, into the world beyond, she notices more of her surroundings and discovers that her new life has some wonderful things in it. Her walk to school becomes full of fun adventures and friends!
The messages delivered through this story can be understood at different levels — literal and metaphorical. It teaches valuable lessons about how hard times pass eventually, and our perceptions colour our world. There is also a fun ‘spot the difference’ challenge hidden within the beautiful illustrations that encourages children to develop their observational skills. Part inspirational life lesson, and part adventure story, Through the Gate is sure to engage and charm young readers.
Sally Fawcett is an author, illustrator, and primary school teacher with a passion for art, creative writing and education. Her three children are a constant source of inspiration for ideas, and have triggered many of her writing and illustrating adventures. Sally’s motivation for creating picture books is to engage adults and children in a shared experience that will hopefully foster a life-long love of reading, creativity and tapping into the power of the imagination. She is the author and illustrator of What Could It Be? and Through the Gate, both with EK Books.