Monday, June 29, 2009

Amiri and Odette: A Love Story by Walter Dean Myers

Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe.

Abstract: Presents a modern, urban retelling in verse of the ballet in which brave Amiri falls in love with beautiful Odette and fights evil Big Red for her on the streets of the Swan Lake Projects.

"...The images are rendered with acrylic paint on slabs of asphalt...I have embellished the collages with candy wrappers, gold plated and 14k jewelry, newspaper, plastic bags and other items..."--artist's note.

Scholastic Press, 2009.


Kris said...

This title, suggested by a reader of our blog, is a poetic retelling of the Swan Lake story in a modern-day, urban setting. The images in this book are really quite powerful; I would say this one is more appropriate for children in the older age range of Caldecott elibility (materials appropriate for children through age 14 are to be considered).

Thanks for the suggestion!

Dawn said...

I love how much emotion is in each image. The artist's note at the back describes how Javaka Steptoe painted on slabs of asphalt. Very interesting symbolism and captivating art are the result. I highly recommend taking a close look at this one!