What Is a River?

Coming in 2019 with editions in many languages.
What Is a River?

Rivers have many powers: they carry sediments and sentiments, revive lands and minds, connect places and times. They are sources of life and of conflict; paths of stories travelling the Earth. Their flow continually reminds us – we all live downstream, or upstream, from someone, we are all neighbours.

Illustration from What Is a River?

“What Is a River?” is a picture book is about rivers and the plentiful connections they have with us, humans. It follows a child and her grandma as they look for answers to a question – what is a river? In their imaginary expedition, they discover rivers flowing in the sky and living organisms; meet pilgrims and conquistadores, magical shape-shifting river dolphins and older-than-dinosaurs species of sturgeons; fish and bathe; and explore many other things.

 

Illustration from What Is a River?
Illustration from What Is a River?

Drawing on geographical, historical, mythological references, and personal observations, the book brings together both factually accurate and poetic storytelling to create a story of interconnectedness and wonder.

 

Illustration from What Is a River?
Illustration from What Is a River?
Illustration from What Is a River?

Awards

The illustrations won the Overall New Talent Award in addition to winning in the Children’s Books category at the World Illustration Awards 2018, and Publisher's Choice Award at the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition 2018 of China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair. Also, the book was selected among finalists at the Illustrators' Exhibition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2018 and Ilustrarte Children’s Book Illustration Biennale 2018.

The book is going to be published in Swedish by Opal in early 2019,
and editions in other languages are to follow.

 

Illustration from What Is a River?
Illustration from What Is a River?
For book publishing rights, contact Opal in Sweden.