Cover image of diverse picture book A Story About Afiya by poet James Berry and Anna Cunha
An illustration from A Story About Afiya by James Berry showing a close-up of rosy-cheeked Afiya surrounded by sunflowers
An illustration from diverse book A Story About Afiya showing Afiya with red roses growing from her white dress
An illustration from diverse picture book A Story About Afiya by James Berry showing tigers on Afiya's dress
An illustration from A Story About Afiya by James Berry showing Afiya shaking off autumn leaves from her white dress

A Story About Afiya

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Written by JAMES BERRY | Illustrated by ANNA CUNHA

Some people have dresses for every occasion but Afiya needs only one. Her dress records the memories of her childhood, from roses in bloom to pigeons in flight, from tigers at the zoo to October leaves falling. A joyful celebration of a young girl’s childhood, written by the late Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning Jamaican poet James Berry.

'A book to treasure' – Books for Keeps, 5 STARS

'Anna Cunha has reimagined the poem and created an enchanting fantasy landscape for Afiya's adventures. A wonderful weaving together of two imaginations' – Myra Barrs, partner of James Berry

'A unique and beautiful combination of poetic story and expressive art' – Kirkus Reviews

'Lyrical and evocative' – Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

 

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Stunning book

Book arrived promptly and is absolutely stunning. It’s a hardback book and the texture and palette of colours is perfect. The actual story is based on a poem by the late poet Jame Berry OBE. The story of a young girl whose memories of her days are imprinted on a magical dress she wears. The publisher celebrates diversity and representing BAME cultures in books. This book does just that. Thank you Lantana Publishing!

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