My City Speaks
Authored by Darren Lebeuf
Illustrated by Ashley Barron
* Ages: 3-7
* Length: 32 pages
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Publisher: Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date: September 7, 2021
* Language: English
A father and daughter explore their city as they head off to where the little girl will play her violin in the park. On their journey they experience their city through four of the little girl's senses. She uses four because she is visually impaired. They visit the community garden, the marketplace, and take part in all the hustle and bustle that the city has to offer. Lovely poetic words are used to describe and celebrate their adventure: her city "rushes and stops", "waits and goes", "pitters and patters", "echoes and trills", just to name a few. At the end of the book when the little girl plays her violin at the concert the city stops and listens.
This delightful book points out that although the little girl has only four senses it does not impede her ability to submerge herself in the city life that she loves so dearly.
The talented illustrator creates lovely vivid hued cut-paper collage illustrations that visually enrich the text. I love the book and was delighted to learn that the story and illustrations were reviewed by a blind sensitivity reader. I highly recommend it.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author
Darren Lebeuf grew up on a humble acreage outside of Edmonton, Alberta, where he spent his days drawing, painting and exploring the outdoors. After studying art and design at Grant McEwan University, Darren started his creative career as an exhibit designer at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta.
In 2006 he set off on a world adventure. He lived in Asia for nine years, and became an internationally acclaimed family and wedding photographer. During that time, he began to pursue his long-lost passion for illustrating, and eventually created The Land of Le Beef, an online home for his collection of witty cartoons, yearly advent calendars and other illustration projects. He has written and/or illustrated a number of self-published picture books.
He now lives with his wife and two kids in Vancouver, the city that inspired his first published book, My Forest is Green.
About the Illustrator
Ashley Barron is a multimedia artist who is best known for her paper collage work. She is the illustrator of several children's books, including Kids Can Press's Birthdays Around the World and My Forest is Green.
Ashley grew up in the Oshawa/Whitby region of southern Ontario with her parents, younger sister and their many pet dogs and rabbits. Ashley's love for books was ignited at an early age thanks to her mother, a preschool teacher, who kept an extensive collection of children's literature in their spare bedroom. Although Ashley was very much an outdoorsy kid, she savored rainy indoor days, which allowed her the freedom to daydream, read and draw pictures to her heart's content.
Ashley's love for art and literature followed her into adulthood. She graduated from the illustration program at Ontario Collage of Art & Design in 2007 and has been working as a freelance illustrator ever since.
Ashley lives in Toronto with her cinematographer partner, Kevin. Together they share a bright, plant-filled studio with their two cats.
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