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Along the Tapajós by Fernando Vilela and translated by Daniel Hahn

If you are like me you are always looking for books that highlight different places around the world. Here is another great option. Along the Tapajós by Fernando Vilela and translated by Daniel Hahn is a brief glimpse into life along the Tapajós River in Brazil. Brother and Sister, Cauã and Inaê describe a day when they go to school then return home and winter begins.

Winter is the rainy season, so they can’t stay by the river. The entire village packs everything up and moves to higher and drier land. Unfortunately, the family left behind something priceless. Do not worry, the daring siblings return to the flooded village to retrieve it. Kids like the way the comic like illustrations transport you to the river.” You can almost hear and feel the downpours of rain” The way the Frenando created the reflections on the water and the rain allows the reader to feel apart of the setting. This would be a good choice for an illustration lesson. 

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