In Alive Again the text does not try to be a conventional poem as we might see it.
When blossom goes, does the word blossom die? Can there ever be blossom again?,
This characteristic is also at the heart of When I Coloured the World, where Ahmadi again highlights the importance of the word, linking words to colours, bringing them to life. Also bringing these words to life are the illustrations. Nahid Kazemi creates illustrations for Alive Again using textured collages and muted hessian colours so that the splashes of vibrant reds, greens and orange jump off the page, providing a subtle visual counterpoint to the text. In When I Coloured the World, Ehsan Abdollahi looks to the heritage of Iranian art with his contemporary illustrations that are presented in a traditional way as single page spreads where the background colour reflects the colour referred to in the accompanying text.
These two books are not just joyful exploration of language, but would also provide the basis for imaginative work and discussion. Here worlds are brought together, annihilating boundaries.
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More about When I Coloured in the World:
- This book was among the best children’s books of 2015 by the Guardian. Link
- A review by Jill Bennett. Link
- Simple concept with a profound message. Link
- Jackie Morris’s stuning words about this book. Link
- Poetic side of Tiny Owl Publishing. Link
- A life lesson through a story. Link
- How would you colour the world? Link
- Inspirational illustrations. Link
- Learn more about Ahmadreza Ahmadi, Author of this book. Link
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