I am excited to let you all know that Groundwood Books’ Migrant has been chosen as one of the 10 New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2011!
Migrant is a beautiful story about Mennonite migrant farm workers making their way from Mexico to Canada. Anna’s family is among a group of Mennonites who have come north from Mexico for farming work. Anna’s imagination shapes the story as she pictures herself as different animals – a bird flying north in the spring and south in the fall, a jack rabbit living in a burrow, a kitten sharing a bed with her brothers and sisters – and tries to fit in to an unfamiliar surrounding. But most of all, Anna wonders what it would be like to be in one place like a rooted tree watching the seasons around her change.
The illustrations done by Isabelle Arsenault bring Anna’s imagination to life through dream-like colors done with watercolor, gouache, crayons and paper collage. Here are a few spreads from the book (click on the image to see a larger version)
Check out Migrant and the other 9 Best Illustrated Books of 2011 in the New York Times Book Review section this Sunday, November 13, 2011!