New Children’s Book: All Around Us

Original post found here: http://labloga.blogspot.com/2017/05/all-around-us.html

Written by Xelena Gonzalez

Illustrated by Adriana Garcia

  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press (September 12, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1941026761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1941026762

Circles are all around us. We just have to look for them. Sometimes they exist in the most unusual places, even places we cannot see.

Grandpa says circles are all around us. He points to the rainbow that rises high in the sky after a thundercloud has come. “Can you see? That’s only half of the circle. That rest of it is down below, in the earth.”

He and his granddaughter meditate on gardens and seeds, on circles seen and unseen, inside and outside us, on where our bodies come from and where they return to. They share and create family traditions in this stunning exploration of the cycles of life and nature.

This is a debut picture book for Xelena Gonzalez and Adriana Garcia.

Xelena González has roots in San Antonio, Texas, but has stretched her wings to fly all the way to Guangzhou, China, where she works as a librarian in an international school. She studied journalism at Northwestern University and library science at Texas Woman’s University, but her true training as a storyteller has come from getting to know other living beings—including plants, animals, and people who happen to speak different languages or see the world in unusual ways. She tells these stories through picture books, essays, song, and dance. All Around Us is her first book.

Adriana M. Garcia creates as a way to document lives and to honor the human existence, aiming to extract the inherent liminality of a moment before action as a way to articulate our stories. She is proficient both in traditional painting as well as web-based new-media applications. For this particular project, Adriana and her collaborator have challenged each other to answer complex questions about culture, humanity, and unique worldviews in a way that is simple, universal, and appealing enough to reach the youngest members of our society. All Around Us is her first book illustration project.

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