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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
What is a Child?
by Beatrice Alemagna
Age Range: 6-8
A child may have small hands, small feet and small ears, but it does not mean they have small ideas. What is a Child? by award-winning author and illustrator Beatrice Alemagna is a celebration of what makes a child unique.
`A child is not a child forever. One day, they change'. A child is a small person who one day grows up. Children have little things but they live in a big world. Sometimes they want strange things, or can be like sponges and they like to be listened to.
Alemagna has captured the essence of childhood in this beautiful picture book. She coveys a message of the acceptability of 'difference' by stating that there are all sorts of children in all sorts of shapes and sizes and each one is unique. Her typical collage style of artwork with the large portraits of children in strong, rich colour, reinforce the theme of the importance of childhood.
Other Alemagna titles translated into English are: My Friend (2005, North South), The 'Bug' series from Phaidon – Bugs in a Blanket (2009), Bugs in the Garden (2011), The Bug Next Door (2012), Bugs at Christmas (2013); A Lion in Paris (2014, Tate), Little Big Boubo (2014, Tate); The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty (2015, Thames & Hudson) and The 5 Misfits (2016, Frances Lincoln) – all reviewed on the Outside In World website.