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Please welcome illustrator Carl Angel. The Girl Who Saved Yesterday is about remembrance for the past and for those who came before us, celebrated through my imagery and the beautiful poetic language of Julius Lester. The list below relates to his book in either its respect for ancestors, or in its transcendent use mythical elements and/or poetic language.
We are giving away a copy of The Girl Who Saved Yesterday. Please enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
Respect for Ancestors Picture Books
Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott
Gerald McDermott’s work and this book had a profound impact on my imagination as a child. The themes of fathers and sons still resonates. I still get chills whenever I look at his images. So striking, so beautiful, so elemental. (ages 3 to 7)
Lon Po Po by Ed Young
A great spin on the Little Red Riding Hood story, fluidly told in both words and pictures by Ed Young. (ages 4 to 8)
The Iroko Man by Phyllis Gershator and illustrated by Holly Kim
A beautiful retelling of a Yoruba folk tale where a tree spirit offers to help a village bereft for years of a single childbirth for a price. Lyrically told with gorgeous illustrations composed of cut paper and collage by illustrator Holly Kim. (ages 3 and up)
Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth
This story has been told in several incarnations, but Muth’s version is my favorite, and seems a natural fit as a vehicle for three Chinese monks who help a community come together to share stories and sustenance. (ages 6 and up)
I See the Rhythm by Toyumi Igus and illustrated by Michelle Wood
This book of poetry focuses on the birth of various forms of African-American music and the communities responsible for their birth. A powerful and perfect match of poetry, images and book design (by the great designer Lucille Tenazas). (ages 6 to 13)
Heroes by Ken Mochizuki and illustrated by Dom Lee
I loved this book about how racial perception affects how we relate to each other (in this case, on the playground). There is a severe underappreciation of the contribution of Asian-Americans to America’s military. Often the desire to reduce appearances to broad stereotypes transfer over to judging a person’s character more than we like to admit. (ages 6 to 11)
Lakas and the Manilatown Fish by Tony Robles and illustrated by Carl Angel
A loving tribute to the Filipino-American community (hardly ever represented in children’s books) that have long disappeared because of gentrification while balancing the whimsical adventures of a fish that escapes a fish market in old San Francisco Manilatown. Tony Robles’ lyrical quality treads a delicate balance of humor and sensitivity that is uniquely Filipino-American. (ages 6 to 8)
The Girl Who Saved Yesterday by Julius Lester and illustrated by Carl Angel
A magnificent story of a young girl raised by trees in a forest after being banished by her village, who eventually returns to save the very community who spurned her. Julius Lester is one of a kind storyteller, with the ability of traveling between ideas of both mythic and current cultural relevance (often within the same sentence) with effortless mastery. It was truly an honor to have illustrated his latest book. (ages 4 to 9)
The Girl Who Saved Yesterday GIVEAWAY!
We are giving away The Girl Who Saved Yesterday illustrated by Carl Angel. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter. We can only ship to U.S. addresses due to the high cost of shipping.
Carl Angel is a visual artist who enjoys creating and participating in narrative and storytelling in various forms—be it commercial illustration, children’s books, or book design. He grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii before attending California College of the Arts and Academy of Art University. Angel is the illustrator of numerous books, including Lakas and the Manilatown Fish, Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee, and, most recently, The Girl Who Saved Yesterday. He lives with his wife and son in Burbank, CA.
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