When I Get Older: The Story Behind Wavin' Flag

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Price
$17.98  $16.54
Publisher
Tundra Books (NY)
Publish Date
Pages
32
Dimensions
8.7 X 10.2 X 0.3 inches | 0.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781770493025

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About the Author

Winner of three Juno awards and recently named the Globe and Mail's Artist of the Year, singer/songwriter/rapper/hip hop artist/social activist and, now, children's book author, K'NAAN has a moving and inspiring personal story. K'NAAN (whose name means "traveler" in Somali) spent his childhood in Mogadishu surrounded by a loving family which included his aunt, one of Somalia's most famous singers, and his poet grandfather. When K'NAAN was thirteen, he and his family fled war-torn Somalia and immigrated to Toronto. His story is inspiring, and his struggles as a new immigrant will speak to many young North Americans.

Now in his thirties, K'NAAN has had huge success as a singer. He has won many awards, and there are now twenty-two versions of his song, "Wavin' Flag." He lives in LA where he is at work on his third album. His children's book is a tribute to growing up, and believing in the future, as he says: "When I get older, I will be stronger..."

Reviews

"There is an elegant simplicity in ... K'naan's telling of his story. It is an immigrant story many, many Canadian children will know personally.... Rudy Gutierrez, whose work is sometimes described as 'musical', provides lively, flowing illustrations to complement K'naan's text. The emotional highs and lows of K'naan's tale are captured in Gutierrez's colour and composition.... And one last brilliant feature to this attractive book are the endpapers filled with images of countries' flags. Hopefully every child reading this book will find the waving flag of his or her homeland."
--Canadian Children's Book News

"Somali-Canadian musician K'naan's first children's book tells the inspirational story of [K'naan's] immigration to Canada.... K'naan uses accessible yet poetic language to draw in young readers, exploring his adjustment to Canada and how music kept him connected to his family. Gutierrez's artwork powerfully conveys a new immigrant's sense of alienation."
--ParentsCanada.com