" A poetic story in which a young orphan girl raised by a forest of trees brings a village together to celebrate their ancestors.I got a lot out of reading the author's note regarding the inspiration for this story. The storytelling has a fable flavor to it and the author's note really pulls this book together for me.Vibrant paint illustrations. K-6. " Samantha said.
" A wonderful story about grief losing loved ones and how we should honor their memory and celebrate them at some time in the year. Beautifully illustrated by Carl Angel. I saw a webinar of Carl with Mira Reisberg about his process of illustrating this picture book and was mesmerized by his artistry.Julius Lester offers a unique story creating a sense of belonging and understanding when dealing with the loss of loved ones.Published by Creston Books.#PB #grief #happiness #yesterday #future " Traci Bold said.
"This is a lovely modern fable with gorgeous artwork and a message about remembering and honoring the ancestors. Julius Lester is a poet, and this book is filled with the most lively and beautiful language. Some of my favorite line are:
"Lion stuffed his roar back into his chest and ran to hide in a cave".
"The flat stones shone hard like love that had been tested and prevailed".
"Elephant raised her trunk and trumpeted a call that sounded like the stars were laughing".
This book is perfect for the classroom, I'd use it during Black History Month, or for a unit on poetry, metaphor and simile.
" Shamekia said.
" About remembering and honoring ancestors. " Nativida said.
"Julius Lester has always been a great writer. The text in this picture book is no exception. It is lyric and reads aloud beautifully. His use of simile and metaphor is rich, making this an excellent example to use when working with creative writing classes. Ex.: "...The flat stones shone hard like love that had been tested and prevailed..." This was a ride I am happy to have made -- with Silence every step of the way from the security of her home in the forest, back to the village who had abandoned her, and returning to her roots in the end (pardon the pun). Carl Angel's artwork is an excellent match to Lester's strong text. The colors are vibrant and full of energy, there is action and a joy in each illustration. Silence's spirit of determination is palpable as she climbs the mountain with scythe in hand.
I don't think I can imagine this book without either element -- text or art. A perfect partnership. I felt a kindred spirit with this book as I read it -- not that I am an "outdoor" person, rather, like Silence, I seek a sense of personal wholeness and interconnectedness with the world. All in all, simply stunning!" Stephanie Bange said.
"I had to read through this book a couple times before it started to click with me. It seems to start rather abruptly:
“When the people of the village sent the girl into the forest, it was the trees as ancient as breath who took her in and raised her. She loved living with them, but now they were asking her to leave.”
I kept wondering, who is this girl? Why was she abandoned? How old was she when she was abandoned? If you keep reading, however, the backstory begins to fill in and my questions were eventually answered. The language in the story is full of flourishes and smilies. Again, this was something that required more than one read through to appreciate and absorb.
The illustrations are beautiful. As you can see from the cover they colors are rich and vibrant. Light plays an important part in the story and the use of the warm color palette really emphasizes that. It also contrasts nicely with the lush, cool world of the trees that Silence comes from.
I’m not sure if it’s the kind of book that a child would pick up on their own to read, but I do think it would work very well in a family that has a celebration of their dead (Dia de los Muertos, Samhain, All Soul’s Day, etc.). I think it could work very well in a classroom setting, too, where there can be discussion about the meaning of the story and how it works as a fable or parable without using a religious story. I definitely think it would be better suited to older children because of the complexity of the language. I’m still not sure I’ll be buying it. I would need the right teacher to champion it and read it to their class and I’m not sure I have that person." Elizabeth said.
" Folktale feel to this story - I like the tree illustrations. " Bethe said.
" Oh, WOW! Absolute beautiful tale! Amazing illustrations. Quite a delight to share with someone you love and adore. :) " Urs said.