What Is a River?

To be published by Opal in spring 2019.
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?

The book won the Overall New Talent award in addition to winning in the Children’s Books category at the World Illustration Awards 2018. The illustrations were selected and exhibited at the Illustrators Exhibition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2018 and Ilustrarte Children’s Book Illustration Biennial 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?