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Marianthe's Story Painted Words and Spoken Memories

Bestselling and award winning author illustrator Aliki’s semi autobiographical picture book features two interconnected stories about immigration friendship and finding your voiceKirkus called this acclaimed and timely book “vivid and exquisitely emotional”Aliki’s acclaimed picture book follows Marianthe a Greek girl who doesn't understand English as she starts 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 share her story with her classmatesIn Part II “Spoken Memories” Marianthe tells her class about her life in Greece how her Papa left for a better job in America and how she and her family eventually came to join himBased on Aliki’s own experience as a schoolgirl in Philadelphia this 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 alikeThe Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books said “Few picture books have captured the immigrant experience with such well crafted and telling simplicity”

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