Bestselling and award-winning author-illustrator Aliki’s semi-autobiographical picture book presents two connected stories about immigration, friendship, and finding your own voice. This is the paperback edition of the acclaimed and timely book that Kirkus called “Vivid and exquisitely emotional.”

Aliki’s acclaimed picture book follows Marianthe, a Greek girl who doesn’t understand English, who is starting school in the United States. In Part I, “Painted Words,” Marianthe is frustrated about being unable to communicate with her peers. Her teacher encourages her to paint her words, and little by little she finds ways to tell her story to her classmates. In Part II, “Spoken Memories,” Marianthe tells her class about her life in Greece, how her Papa left for a better life in America, and how she and her brother eventually came to join him.

Aliki’s story, based on her own experience as a schoolgirl in Philadelphia, is an essential, timely, and relevant American immigration story. With appealing, accessible art and a universal message, Marianthe’s Story is sure to resonate with children and educators alike. The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books said, “Few picture books have captured [the immigrant experience] with such well-crafted and telling simplicity.”

Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories

SKU: 9780061857744

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