The Orphan Boy
Written by Tololwa Mollel
Illustrated by Paul Morin
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The Orphan Boy by Tololwa MollelGovernor General's Award for IllustrationInternational Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour Book Award for IllustrationAmerican Library Association Notable Book Award, 1991The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award for Illustration One night the old man looked at the stars but one was missing! Suddenly he heard footsteps. He turned his head to see an orphan boy. The man and the boy lived together. The boy had a special secret that he said he couldn't share. The man's curiosity got the better of him and his life was changed forever.This award-winning picture book is based on a Maasai legend about the planet Venus and tells of a loyal affection despite broken trust. Accompanied by magnificent paintings of Africa.
There is much about the book that cannot better be described than with the word, beautiful. Morin captures the beauty of traditional African dress and, although written in prose, Mollel's writing has a beautifully poetic, lyrical quality to it. The writing is descriptive and engaging. The sentences are generally short and direct, yet Mollel is able to say a lot with relatively few words. . . Morin's use of light and shadows, as well as the texture of the artwork, adds depth to the illustrations. The illustrations alternate between depictions of the cool of night (with the heavy use of dark blues) and the stifling heat of the day (featuring dry, dusty yellows). This artistic use of such elements as light, colour and texture, make the artwork for this book timeless. Morin's artwork here is of the very highest order. . .
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28th October 2016
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