Enough

Nearly enough,
sort of enough,
almost enough …

In Hana’s street there is not enough. Until Hana decides to do something about it.

Enough is a story about community, kindness and the power of helping hands. This book is also a way for younger children to reflect on and make sense of what has happened in the current pandemic, through story.

Enough is a resource that whānau and teachers can use to discuss and explore what it means to be a community, and ways to respond and look after each other in times of need.

Enough is a story that Sarah Johnson had been wanting to write for many years. The event of Covid 19, along with a successful application for a grant through Copyright Licensing New Zealand’s Special Round of Contestable Funds, meant the story could finally happen and would be relevant in today’s society.

Written by Sarah Johnson
Illustrated by Deborah Hinde

Both Sarah Johnson and Deborah Hinde gratefully acknowledge the support from CLNZ. Because of that support, one dollar from each book sold will be donated to Feed the Kids, Whaingaroa.

Description

Reading age: 2-7 years

Review

The Sapling ~ Enough: A story about community has such a valuable message, and one that hasn’t necessarily been explored in a great many picture books to date, certainly not local ones. That in itself will ensure that it gets into plenty of hands and libraries, I imagine, which is great news.

At the heart of the story is Hana, a kōtiro with a real drive towards helping those in her neighbourhood to ensure that everyone has enough—or as close to it as she can get, which might be at times ‘nearly enough, sort of enough, almost enough’. Hana’s decision to tackle these challenges on her own becomes, unsurprisingly, too much for a wee girl to handle. And when the community realises this, they rally to support her in supporting them. It’s aroha and āwhina, all that good stuff.

Deborah Hinde’s illustrations make good use of the spreads, packing plenty into the pages. She’s created a street and community that could be a slice of all kinds of places in Aotearoa, and I really appreciated that—I was particularly keen on the quiet, almost dusky street scene on the cover of the book. There’s also a great diversity among the people in the book, which is always good to see.

Sarah-Johnson-author Kiwi author Sarah Johnson

Sarah is an award-winning author based in Raglan, where she works as a freelance writer and editor, and writes books and stories for children and young adults. Sarah’s work has won several awards, including the Joy Cowley Award 2011, and Storylines Notable Book Awards in 2016 and 2017.

Kiwi illustrator Deborah Hinde Deborah Hinde

Find out more about award-winning illustrator Deborah Hinde by visiting her creator page.

Additional information

Weight 200 g
Dimensions 24 × 25 × .5 cm
Format

Softcover edition

First published

2021

Published by

PictureBook Publshing

Page count

32

ISBN

9780473557089

1 review for Enough

  1. Kate G (verified owner)

    From NZ Bookslovers ~”Enough” is a beautiful little picture book based in Raglan (Whaingaroa) following the main character, Hana, and her journeys around the neighbourhood. Using simple and repetitive language the story charts before, during and after the COVID-19 lockdowns and how a community comes together to support each other in the face of adversity.

    Read the full review – https://www.nzbooklovers.co.nz/post/enough-by-sarah-johnson-and-deborah-hinde

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