La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo
  

La La La: A Story of Hope

Written by Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by Jaime Kim

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This beautiful picture book delivers an extraordinary message of hope in a one syllable text. A little girl sings – ‘La’. When no reply comes she stomps off, then chases a golden leaf. As more leaves fall she follows them out of a world of greys into a sun-drenched landscape full of plants and flowers. But even there no-one replies to her call. She returns at night, the landscape now saturated in velvety purple and, fascinated by the moonlight, sings to the moon. It takes more pages, and more determination from the girl, but eventually the moon replies. The final image shows the little girl in the light of the moon, both singing their hearts out. There’s no need for extra words to tell this story, children will understand exactly the girl’s need to be heard, seen and answered; impeccably told, it’s a story that speak to us all. ~ Andrea Reece

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La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo

In this nearly wordless story, Flora and Ulysses' Kate DiCamillo and illustrator Jaime Kim convey a lonely child’s longing for a friend. “La la la...”

A little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips further out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds – but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, climbing as high as she can... Now, will she be heard? With a subtle palette and captivating expressiveness, Jaime Kim brings to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that invite readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey.

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Virtually wordless, this eloquent symphony of sound, light and colour offers an inspiring message of determination and hope. The whole thing unfolds like a silent movie with the little girl's body language saying so much about her emotions. * Red Reading Hub * This beautiful picture book delivers an extraordinary message of hope in a one syllable text.[...] There's no need for extra words to tell this story, children will understand exactly the girl's need to be heard, seen and answered

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo

As a child

Kate was often ill as a child. She says, “You name it, I got it. Pneumonia, impetigo, pink eye, scarlet fever, mumps, measles, chicken pox. And because I got it, I missed a lot of school and spent a lot of time at home by myself. I am grateful for all that illness. Because I was alone for so much of the day, I learnt to entertain myself. I lived in my imagination. And I lived in books. For a writer, it was an excellent beginning.”

As an adult

Kate studied English at the University of Florida, and then worked on a whole series of very different jobs. She says, “I worked at Walt Disney World (telling people to watch their step), I sold tickets at Circus World (I did not have to dress like a clown), I called bingo at a campground, and grew plants in a greenhouse. I cleaned bathrooms (I wasn’t very good at it) and sold advertising (I was even worse at that).” But all the while Kate she knew that what she really wanted to do was write.

As an artist

When Kate was almost thirty years old, she had what she calls “a small epiphany: if I wanted to tell stories, I was going to have to do the hard work of sitting down and writing them. I started to write. For six years I wrote and wrote and wrote. And most of what I wrote was bad. But here is the beautiful thing about doing something every day; you are bound to get better. And this is true, even for someone as dense as me.” When Kate was thirty-five years old, she sold her first short story, This is Me, Lona Bretweiser, Leaving the Amusement Park of Love. That same year, she sold her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie. “Now,” Kate says, “I feel as if I have been extraordinarily blessed; I tell stories for a living.” Kate's The Tale of Despereaux won the prestigious Newbery Medal in 2004.

Things you didn't know about Kate DiCamillo

She doesn’t know how to cook. She refuses to learn how to cook. She loves to eat. She is an aunt to a dog named Henry. He is not a good dog. She is a neat freak. Her favourite movie is Planes, Trains and Automobiles. She wanted to be a vet when she grew up. She has never grown up. She used to dress up her poodle, Nanette, as a disco dancer. When unobserved, she likes to dress the aforementioned Henry up in strange outfits.

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Format

Hardback
72 pages

Author

Kate DiCamillo
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Author's Website

www.katedicamillo.com/

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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2017

ISBN

9781406378009

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