Alaina and the Great Play (Paperback)

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Joy packaged up in a picture book, ready for readers to enjoy again and again. 

With the guileless wonder and innocence of a little girl, Alaina is profoundly changed by the performance. As she falls in love with the art of live theater, her enthusiasm lands her center stage. "But when I opened my mouth, the right words didn't come out. I was too excited to say that little speech. It wasn't good enough for that great play, so…"

About the Author

With many award-winning books to her credit, Eloise Greenfield has achieved her status among the most celebrated of children's authors. Multiple lifetime achievement awards include the ALA Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, a Living Legacy Award, a Hope S. Dean Award, and an NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, among others. She has been inducted into the National Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. Colin Bootman is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty-five books for children, including The Blessing of Charlie Sand, Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, Climbing Lincoln's Steps: The African American Journey, Love Twelve Miles Long and The Steel Pan Man of Harlem—which he also wrote. He and his books have received numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for Almost to Freedom, the Schneider Family Book Award, and the Teacher’s Choice Award.

Praise For…

"A delightfully illustrated, one-of-a-kind Greenfield creation that will have readers wishing for another."
—Kirkus Reviews 

“In this exuberant story, the oil paintings are stellar. Each picture of Alaina is so realistic and so joyful, she almost leaps off the page. Her loving and supportive community is so clearly articulated that readers will recognize the types of people on every page: her classmates, her mother, her working father, teachers. VERDICT Joy packaged up in a picture book, ready for readers to enjoy again and again.”
—School Library Journal

"From cover to cover, this book will steal your heart. With Alaina and the Great Play, beloved author Eloise Greenfield successfully captures the joy of a Black child and the strength and support of her family as they prepare for a special performance. The emotions of the story are brought to life by the gifted Colin Bootman, whose textured paintings exude the qualities of Black Girl magic."
—Don Tate is an award-winning illustrator

Product Details
ISBN: 9781733686563
ISBN-10: 1733686568
Publisher: Alazar Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English