The Magic Doll - A CHILDREN'S BOOK INSPIRED BY AFRICAN ART



The Magic Doll

A CHILDREN'S BOOK INSPIRED BY AFRICAN ART

By ADRIENNE YABOUZA

Illustrated by ÉLODIE NOUHEN

ABOUT THE MAGIC DOLL

Families of all kinds will appreciate this simple tale of love and longing, motherhood and magic.

In a small village in West Africa, a young girl explains the special way she was born. Her mother had difficulty getting pregnant, so she seeks help in the form of a doll which she treats like a human baby, carrying it on her back and covering it with kisses. Months go by and finally the woman’s belly begins to grow! This beautiful story explores the Akua-Ba fertility figures of the Akan people of Ghana, while also depicting the deep love a mother has for her children. Élodie Nouhen’s subtle, gorgeous illustrations combine collage and prints that are reminiscent of traditional African art, while remaining uniquely contemporary. Each spread communicates the look and feel of West Africa–the blazing yellow of the sun, the deep blue of the sky, the richly patterned textiles, and vibrant flora and fauna. Adrienne Yabouza’s text echoes the rhythms of life in her homeland–the Central African Republic. The book closes with a short introduction to African art and the importance of fertility statues in African cultures.

The 411:

I am absolutely in love with the cover of this children's book. Based on the fertility dolls of African culture the book is a beautiful story told by a young girl of how her mother longing to be pregnant carried a fertility statue around like a baby. After months her mother's belly began to grow. I loved the artwork it reminded me books I read as a young girl. So very pretty!

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