A River of Dust: The Life-Giving Link Between North Africa and the Amazon

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Chronicle Books
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9.27 X 11.38 X 0.41 inches | 1.06 pounds

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About the Author

Jilanne Hoffmann is a children's book author with a BS in Engineering and an MFA in Creative Writing. She has traveled to the Amazon rainforest highlands in Peru, collected the dust of six continents in her shoes, and plans to see the dust swirl in Africa's Sahel and Sahara Desert before she turns to dust. Jilanne lives with her family in San Francisco, California, where dust from China's Gobi Desert flies on the wind, on its way to feed the trees of the High Sierra.

Eugenia Mello is an illustrator and graphic designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. When she was seven years old, she moved to Costa Rica, where she was surrounded by the most incredible nature. She was deeply impacted by the majestic scenery she saw: enormous leaves, infinite greens, the rainbow colors of the animals, and the myriad of small creatures, from insects to frogs. This experience has shown her that everything on this planet is connected, bound together by invisible ties that we might not see but which are there, keeping everything alive in a delicate but ever-so-strong balance. She has an MFA in Illustration and lives in New York City.


"Poetic text... Illustrations of landscapes and animals in warm earth tones with pops of bright color and nuance in their textures and shading will enchant many young readers." -- The Horn Book

"...[M]oving tribute to global interconnectedness...prompts sincere awe for the natural world." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review