"Elizabeth Helland Larsen's "Life and I: A Story About Death" is a creatively written book that can help children with a death experience... Each beautifully illustrated page addresses a question that a child might ask when a death occurs... Illustrator Marine Schneider's pastel drawings give each page a beautiful presentation for the words telling the story of death's journey through life. The pastel illustrations engage the reader with details that can spark conversations and children's questions."
Examiner.com, May 9, 2016
"It is a lyrical, comforting story that shows how life and death both reside in the individual."
"...Larsen makes sense of the inevitable: "If I were to disappear, who would make way for all yet to be born," Death wonders. (Rosie Hedger’s seamless translation from the Norwegian is a tour de force.)"
-Literary Features Syndicate
"If it is possible for a book to be both lovely and haunting, this is the one. The prose is quiet, matter-of-fact, and wistful enough to bring a hush to the reader’s inner soul. But it is also comforting and reassuring as it explains the process of death and how those who take that lonely walk are never alone because Death is right there with them. Perhaps the most hopeful part of the book is when Death explains that 'Life and I live together in every body.' . . . Illustrator Marine Schneider’s skill and sensitivity shine in this book. . . when the time comes that death must be discussed with your little one, introducing this lovely book is probably the very best way to begin."
—Rita Lorraine, Picturebookdepot.com, April 28, 2016
A native of Norway, Elisabeth Helland Larsen studied theater in Paris at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and children's literature in Oslo at the Norsk Barnebokinstitutt. She has worked as a clown for more than 20 years in hospitals and hospices, as well as refugee camps, circuses, and theaters. Her experiences with children there are reflected in her sensitive stories. - Marine Schneider has drawn since she could hold a pencil. The young Belgian illustrator just received her degree from the LUCA School of Arts. Life and I is her children's book debut.