Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Village: Rhymes from around the World

My Village: Rhymes from around the World collected by Danielle Wright
Illustrated by Mique Moriuchi, Introduction by Michael Rosen (Gecko Press)
ISBN 978-1-877467-11-0 Hardback $29.99, paperback $21.99

Get your mits on this beautiful book of poetry. Danielle Wright has collected 22 rhymes from around the world from: New Zealand to Norway, India to Iceland, Japan to Jamaica. Each rhyme has a page to itself; translated in English and written in the language from country of origin. My ten year old daughter looked over my shoulder as I oohed and aahed over the book and tried to pronounce the true version of the rhyme. Parents will love reading the rhymes from all over the world to their preschool children. Primary Teachers in the Junior school can incorporate the book into their study of international people, food and languages.

Danielle Wright thought of the idea for the book when she couldn't find any alternatives to Mother Goose rhymes to read to her newborn. It set her on a journey, which took three years of phone calls, emails and letters to people from all over the world; finding rhymes and getting them translated. The result is a gorgeous book that is a keeper!

The illustrator's artwork is stunning - her choice of colours gorgeous. It looks like she has used a mix of media: collage, paint and some backgrounds seem to be on recycled or rice paper. The art itself is child-like and appealing.

My Village was chosen as one of the 250 outstanding new international books for children and young adults for the influential The White Ravens 2009 catalogue from the thousands of books that Munich's International Youth Library received as review copies from publishers, authors, illustrators, and organisations from all over the world within the last year.

John McIntyre from The Children's Bookshop on Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan, 4/7/08
"All [the poems] are charming. It's no easy thing to do, to translate rhyme to make them accessible to an English audience, there has to be some license but this works: the poems are delightful...The illustrations are beautiful, they are absolutely stunning. Mique Moriuchi combines collage and colour to produce these friendly, child-like illustrations.. .(and) Michael Rosen, probably the most famous children's poet in the world has done the introduction. It really is a wonderful collection of poetry."

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