It’s Book of the Month time and I’m really excited to share the choice this month, not least because this lovely book publishes in the UK today AND it’s World Book Day! Maisie’s Scrapbook written by Samuel Narh and illustrated by Jo Loring-Fisher is a beautiful picture book from Lantana Publishing.
Samuel Narh was born and raised in Ghana and was inspired to write Maisie’s Scrapbook by his own young family with whom he lives in Ohio. Jo Loring-Fisher is a UK-based artist who holds an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge.
Maisie’s Scrapbook by Samuel Narh and Jo Loring-Fisher
As the seasons turn, Maisie rides her bull in and out of Dada’s tall tales. Her Mama wears linen and plays the viola. Her Dada wears kente cloth and plays the marimba. They come from different places, but they hug her the same way. And most of all, they love her just the same.
Maisie’s Scrapbook is a story that celebrates so many things – family, love and the imagination of a spirited and lively little girl. A charming narrative brings Maisie’s exploits throughout the seasons to life; from listening to her Dada’s wonderful tall tales to taking refuge in her kind Mama’s arms.
Maisie’s mixed-race parents may have different habits from the clothes they wear to the food they cook, but their love for her is just the same. Gorgeous artwork and mixed-media illustrations capture the child-like essence of the story – there are some really beautiful spreads to admire.
Maisie’s Scrapbook celebrates the richness of family life and the unconditional love that encourages children to be themselves. You will enjoy this story for its warm heart, beautiful illustrations and the celebration of life it creates.