Julie and the Mango Tree
Coupled with Sayada Ramdial's bright and colorful artwork, Julie and the Mango Tree by Sadé Smith will have readers of all ages giggling--and craving a mango of their own!
Julie loves all kinds of fruit, but mangoes are her absolute favorite. One sticky summer afternoon, Julie goes to the big mango tree in her yard to ask for a snack.
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About the Author
Sadé Smith is a Canadian children's book author of Jamaican descent. Her books often involve food with colorful illustrations to capture the vibrancy and beauty of the Caribbean islands. In addition to writing, Sadé is also a design technologist who loves the beach and enjoys fruits. She is very passionate about literature and she writes books of representation for young readers. She is the author of Granny's Kitchen and Julie and the Mango Tree.Sayada Ramdial is a freelance illustrator from Trinidad & Tobago, who's now living and working in Oregon. Her passion for art started early, and was given direction when she attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she majored in Illustration, minored in Drawing, and graduated with honors. When she's not experimenting at the drawing board or in the kitchen, she enjoys exploring nature and meeting friendly, furry pets. She is the illustrator of Julie and the Mango Tree.
Praise for Granny's Kitchen:A 2023 Blue Spruce Award Nominee "Daley transports readers to Smith's clearly cherished Jamaica with joyous Photoshop illustrations that suit the setting wonderfully in a vibrant tropical palette with bold pops of turquoise and fuschia. This multigenerational homage to home cooking and heritage cuisine serves up a sweet message of confidence-building and can-do assurance." --Booklist "Delivers the honesty, giggles, and punch ... Daley's digital illustrations, in eye popping hues of juicy fruit and turquoise sea, convey the easy give-and-take of the close-knit pair, with snazzy-spectacled Granny patiently cheerleading her determined but frustrated granddaughter through some rough culinary challenges. Shelly-Ann's four recipes are included for foodie families to try together, and a page of fun facts on Jamaica are a bonus for armchair travelers." --BCCB "Warm and inviting. Daley's vibrant, highly saturated illustrations bolster the appeal and are sure to entice young readers--and perhaps encourage them to try their own hand in the kitchen. ... A vibrant, upbeat story of a determined girl and her love of food." --Kirkus Reviews