“Octopus”, a children’s book about incest, has received the Riksmålsforbundet children and young people prize.
The jury stated that author Gro Dahle uses language “in an exemplary way to reach children on particularly difficult issue.”
“The issue is discussed in a way that makes it easier for children to understand.
The book gives children a language to talk about the unspeakable, and adults a language to help”, wrote the Jury on Dahle’s book which has been released along with illustrator and spouse Svein Nyhus.
– It is about giving children the words to be able to recognize and identify your emotions, to recognize safe and unsafe situations, said Dahle in her acceptance speach for the prize.
– Words are tools to release, language is a tool to open up, release the trapped secrets that are kept in the dark.
Riksmålsforbundet children and young people award has been awarded since 1977, when it went to Anne-Cath Vestly.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today