Before I even knew what it was about, I was drawn to it, drawn to those wispy watercolours. Post read, I adore it even more. The Fog shares a powerful and compelling message with subtlety and gentle humour.
Warble is a little yellow bird who lives in the icy north. His hobbies include reading, listening to music, painting, and human watching. Humans visited Warble’s icy island, and Warble enjoyed observing them and documenting their traits, this was until the fog rolled in from the sea. Many birds were indifferent to the changes that occurred. Things got so bad that even Warble’s hope dimmed—but it didn’t diminish. One foggy morning he spotted a colourful speck in the distance—a singing child—#673 Red-hooded Spectacled Female (Juvenile). The pair became fast friends. Warble shared his insects with the young girl and she shared one of her interests—origami. They spoke in every way except with words, until… “Warble made a surprising discovery—the human also saw the fog.” Paper boats with the message, Do you see the fog? were sent out to sea. One after the other. Answers came. The pair had sparked change themselves, prompted awareness and (though this is missing from the book, it’s implied) encouraged action. The fog began to lift a little.
Having older children (7 and 9), the symbolism of the fog was understood. Immediately our thoughts turned to human impact on the environment, but other metaphors can be interpreted. Perhaps sadness and reaching out, making mistakes and asking for help, calling awareness to any negative issue and inspiring action, so we can enjoy the “Big things. And tiny things. Shiny red things. And soft feathery things.” Time under the stars and the clear night sky.