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Children's LiteratureNapi invites us into her life on the riverbank in Oaxaca to listen to her grandfather's stories under the ceiba tree they call pachot, and to watch the colors of the day flow into the night. Then we join her in her dreams, as she becomes a heron flying over the river and the village. The story is rich with Napi's emotions vividly reflected on double pages of watery acrylic paintings. There is a sophisticated innocence about the illustrations that are reminiscent of some by Paul Klee, a way of totally filling the pages with areas of colors, symbols of plants and animals, buildings created with multicolored stripes, child-like representations of people, and moons with faces. The dream-like sequences are imbued with the spirit of a colorful culture, the Mazatecas, who may be poor but are rich in imagination. 2004, Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre, Ages 5 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz