Friday, June 2, 2017

The Call of the Swamp" - a bookwrap


"The Call of the Swamp"

Authored by David Cali
Illustrated by Marco Soma

Ages 4-9
Grade Level:  K-3

Unwrapping some amazing illustrations for you....

About the book...

I love this book.  The illustrations are truly beautiful, full of detail, expression and feeling.  They just drew me into every page and made me feel I was right in the scene.  

A barren couple find an abandoned little newborn at the edge of a swamp and immediately their hearts bond with him.  They decide to take him home and raise him as their very own child.  He is different as he has gills and his eyes are bigger than usual.  They consider him perfect in every way, a true gift from heaven. They name him Boris.

Boris plays, eats and laughs like any other normal kid.  He rides his bike, climbs trees and goes to school just like all the other kids around his neighbourhood.  He is happy and content until one day....

The wind blows and the smell of salty air triggers a memory that is buried deep inside of him.  The scent of the swamp lures him away and entices him back to his roots.

He walks and walks following the acrid smell.  When he arrives at the swamp he realizes this is his home and where he belongs.... or so he thinks.  After isolating himself, and after a period of introspection and endless questioning occurs, Boris finally comes to terms with his own truth. 

This amazing story is regarding family and adoption.  It is a lovely, heartwarming story about unconditional love and being grateful for having that love bestowed upon you. I highly recommend this book.

Storywraps Rating...  5 HUGS+++!!!!!


About the author...

Davide Cali began writing for children in 2000 and has since published over sixty books, including The Queen of the Frogs (Eerdmans). His work has been published in twenty-five countries, and he has won numerous awards, including the Baobab Prize in 2005 and a BolognaRagazzi Special Award in 2006. Visit his website at

About the illustrator...

Marco Somà was born in Italy in 1983. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cuneo and is now a professor of illustration at the same academy. His artwork has been selected for exhibitions at the Bologna Book Fair, and in 2015 he recieved the Emanuele Luzzati Prize for the Italian edition of The Queen of the Frogs.

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