A Story about Afiya

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Product Details

Price
$17.99  $16.55
Publisher
Lantana Publishing
Publish Date
Pages
32
Dimensions
8.6 X 9.5 X 0.5 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781911373339

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About the Author

James Berry was a celebrated Jamaican poet, living in the UK. James received a Coretta Scott King Book Award and the Smarties Grand Prix, and was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to poetry. He passed away in 2017.
Anna Cunha is a Brazilian illustrator, living and working in Belo Horizonte. She graduated with a degree in fine arts from Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais and got a graduate degree in illustration from EINA Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She has illustrated more than twenty books for Brazilian and foreign publishers and has won the Aeilij Prize for her work. She's also been nominated several times for the Jabuti Prize, the most prestigious Brazilian literature prize, been awarded with a special mention at the João-de-Barro Prize, and was one of the Brazilian entrants for the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava.

Reviews

A young girl wears a special white dress that records her day's experiences in this story by Jamaican poet Berry. Afiya's 'fine black skin...shows off her white clothes, ' a summer dress that she wears every day and washes every night. By day, the 'frock' picks up images of whatever Afiya passes among--sunflowers, red roses, butterflies, animals, fish, or falling leaves. By night, the imprints stay when she washes her dress, but in the morning, her dress is white again, ready for new patterns and colors to impress themselves upon it. Afiya is 'amazed' at the wonders she finds on her dress, and readers will be amazed at the beauty of Cunha's artistic rendering. Afiya's hair surrounds her head like a crown, and the fantastical colors of her natural world, landscapes dominated by muted pinks, blues, and burnt yellow, all serve to enhance the beauty of Afiya's dark skin. The spare, matte illustrations offer a feast of images to set the imagination soaring while the surreal story and its unusual language turn the wheels of the mind. A unique and beautiful combination of poetic story and expressive art.--Kirkus Reviews

-- "Journal"