Monday, February 6, 2012
Migrant by Maxine Trotter and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault is one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens' Books for 2011.
Anna is part of the Mennonite community in Mexico. They travel between there and Canada every year along with the crops, never staying in one place too long. This story is told through Anna's eyes, and she depicts the migrant experience with a child's understanding. She meditates on the nature of always moving while wondering what it would be like to have a steady home. Throughout, the soft blush illustrations portray an often dismal subject with a sense of whimsy and finding the beauty in the world around you.
Migrant is published by Groundwood Books and retails for $18.95 (hardcover). I read my copy by picking it up from the shelves for a few minutes. You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!