Earth Magic

Dionne Brand
Eugenie Fernandes

Inspired by her childhood in Trinidad, acclaimed poet and writer Dionne Brand conjures the world of the Caribbean in her first book of poetry for children. The sounds and smells of market day, the blazing sun, the joyful beat of much-awaited rain and a girl who dares to do better. These are just some of the stories and characters brought into focus in this captivating collection of poems.

Originally published in 1979, these poems are an eloquent, unsparing tribute to the lives of the Caribbean people and the power of nature. Simple chants and schoolyard skipping songs alongside more sophisticated poems reveal a place of beauty and hardship where life moves in harmony with the elements. With vibrant collage paintings and poignant line drawings by Eugenie Fernandes, Earth Magic will cast a spell over readers of all ages.

978-1-5253-0458-3 | Feb 18, 2020
List Price: USD $10.99, CAD $10.99
6 x 9 1/2 32 pages
Grades: 5 To 9 / Ages: 10 to 14

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Awards & Reviews

“This book glows with the warmth of a place worth visiting, savoring, and coming to know.”
— School Library Journal, July 2006
“Fernandes uses a particularly pleasing curving line for hill, sun, moon, laundry line, and many versions of large, round women.”
— Quill and Quire, February 2006
2007 - Golden Oak Award, Short-listed
2007 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Short-listed
2006 - Governor General's Literary Award, children's illustration, Canada Council for the Arts, Short-listed

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