Written by SAMUEL NARH | Illustrated by JO LORING-FISHER
As the seasons turn, Maisie rides her bull in and out of Dada’s tall tales. Her Mama wears linen and plays the viola. Her Dada wears kente cloth and plays the marimba. They come from different places, but they hug her in the same way. And most of all, they love her just the same. A joyful celebration of a mixed-race family and the love that binds us all together.
'When my four year old granddaughter spotted it, she exclaimed "That’s me and my mummy and daddy"!' – The Letterpress Project
'We found a kindred spirit in Maisie. She will make a generation of mixed kids feel more visible' – The Tiger Tales
Reading Age: 4-6 years
Extent: 32 pages
Book size: 24 x 24 cm
Pub Date: 7th March 2019 (hardcover) | 11th October 2019 (softcover)
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-911373-57-5
ISBN (softcover): 978-1-911373-58-2
Why people love this book
'A quiet, positive story that opens a window into what it can look and feel like to grow up in a biracial, multinational family that’s rich in story' – Kirkus Reviews, STARRED
'What a delight! There’s so much to love about Maisie’s Scrapbook, and the beautiful and poetic way it captures Maisie’s dual heritage' – Bookshy
' A lyrical tribute to a family’s unconditional and universal love. The book’s most encompassing missive is the richness of Maisie’s mixed heritage. Loring-Fisher’s subtly textured mixed-media art weaves these various cultural images into a comforting portrait of an all-embracing and loving family, embodied by the confident girl' – Publisher's Weekly
'A gentle, beautiful storybook which feels familiar and exotic at the same time. The poignant illustrations work with poetically crafted words to create a timeless and calming treasure to share with toddlers and nursery children' – Booktrust
'Positive in every respect this is a book to share, share, share again and then to talk about within the family and in school or nursery' – Red Reading Hub'
'A beautiful story which reminds us that our imaginations and daydreams begin with the things we experience at home' – Book Murmuration
'The idea of a scrapbook working through the seasons is very effective as a way of portraying a happy year in the life of a much-loved mixed-race child. Cultural differences are celebrated and many children and families will see themselves reflected in this gentle, joyful and comforting book with its depiction of unconditional love' – Books for Keeps
Maisie and her family journey through the seasons, each moment of outdoor adventures and everyday experiences captured in gorgeous illustrations and gentle rhymes. Spring petals, summer sun, autumn leaves and winter celebrations are just the start. Particularly lovely is the scene at night on the beach, and the imaginary flights into the sky with Anansi, or to ancient worlds. And Maisie's rocking chair has especially magical powers! This book celebrates the loving bonds that families make through storytelling, exploring and doing daily tasks together - and how this process naturally helps children learn about the world and how we all make up its rich tapestry.
My family really enjoys reading Maisie’s Scrapbook before bedtime. The illustrations are beautiful and leave a lot to the readers imagination. Our favorite part is “They nag her in the same way.” It’s simply wonderful!
Do you need a book that your family will enjoy? Maisie's Scrapbook fits the bill. You will enjoy the story about Maisie and her family.
Excellent and stunning illustration, beautifully written children’s book which is culturally diverse and educational.
Emotive illustrations show the cultural richness of having a mixed race family. The writing and imagery show how expressions of parental love are infused with personal meaning and this makes Maisie's scrapbook a celebration of a mixed heritage family and the unique expressions of love that are shared.