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What is a Child? - Beatrice Alemagna

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2016
ISBN: 9781849764124
Number Of Pages: 36
For Ages: 3 - 5 years old

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A child has small hands, small feet and small ears, but that does not mean they have small ideas. From the best-selling author of A Lion in Paris comes this beautifully illustrated celebration of what makes every child unique. Through bold and sensitively observed portraits and a thought-provoking text, Beatrice Alemagna inspires children, and adults reading with them, to consider their own identity. Destined to become a classic, What is a Child? is a musthave for every school, library, and bedside table.

About the Author

Beatrice Alemagna is the winner of many international awards and prizes. She is the illustrator and author of over twenty books for children, which have been translated into thirteen different languages. Her artwork has been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions and has featured in group exhibitions including at the Design Museum, London.

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"Nearly every sentence feels weighted with meaning, tacitly inviting young readers to consider the degree to which these ideas represent the childhoods they themselves are in the middle of living."--Publishers Weekly
"A striking, illustrated musing on children and childhood. On verso, white pages background large-print sentences that contemplate the nature of children, while on recto, mixed-media portraits of racially diverse children complement the text. The thoughtful, sophisticated art sometimes has a grotesque edge, ruling out as its audience those children who are still in the developmental stage that conflates fantasy and reality. Likewise, the text--both philosophical and whimsical--seems geared to adults and precocious children, as its beauty lies in hearing and pondering words rather than in following a story with a plot...If this did not follow the familiar trajectory of a book read before bedtime, it would be tempting to pull it entirely out of the category of children's picture books."--Kirkus

ISBN: 9781849764124
ISBN-10: 1849764123
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3 - 5 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 36
Published: 1st February 2016
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 32.4 x 24.3  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.53

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Beatrice Alemagna

About the Author


Born in 1973, Beatrice Alemagna made her first picture book at the age of eight and has since published over 20 books with leading international publishers. Her techniques of illustration vary depending on the story of each book, but range from the use of pencil and paint to collage and embroidery. A consummate storyteller, her intimate and imaginative books are completely intertwined works where the words and the pictures meld seamlessly and become one.

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