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Through stunning murals by artist Platon*, Where am I from? will take our young ones on a quest in search of common origins. Crafted for children roughly from 3+ years old, the story portrays children with different racial backgrounds, living in countries from all six inhabited continents.The children gather together and try to find a universal answer to the question 'Where am I from?', an answer which isn't true just for them but true for everyone.
'Where am I from?' brings a message of peace and unity while sparkling the children's curiosity about the different countries of the world, and of course, the beauty of street art and graffiti in its true art form. Like all picture books, it's meant to be read to a child and gives the adult reader the opportunity to fill in as much detail as they would like.
The murals will be painted in Athens by Platon, a most well known street artist in Greece. One might ask what does street art have to do with a children's book. Well, I was actually very surprised to see this has never been done before - marrying words with graffiti for a children's audience.
Street art is a tool for asking the difficult questions and expressing concerns on crucial matters for the society which is in par with the story. 'Where am I from?' brings home the concept that we are more alike than we are different. What better way than a picture book with a universal theme and positive message, packed with lovely graffiti, to introduce such concepts to our young ones?
The book will feature 12 illustrations-murals + 1 mural for the book cover. The artist will paint on walls, and will then proceed with taking high resolution pictures with a professional camera (350 DBI). These pictures will accompany the story. As a physical product, the book will be hardcover, 20 x 20 cm, sewn binding, 170gsm gloss art paper, 28-32 pages.
“A read that will capture hearts and minds!” - Natalie G. Owens, USA Today Best Selling Author
“Love love love the flow . It's so organic and authentic... it's just like a classic!” - Aunty Sab, author of 'We're the new Superheroes'
“Wow! I want to buy a book please! It's a Lovely story! The book is written with a pedagogical approach to learning, and useful for kids coming from all different cultures and backgrounds. I want to have this book and use it in my classroom. Love it!” - Lill-Edel Wilhelmsen, Pre-school teacher with 27 years experience in schools in Sweden and Thailand
“A short story with a big message! The author has dared to ask the age old question “where do we all come from?” and she has answered it in such a way that the reasoning and her train-of-thought can be followed by children. The way I see it, this story has the potential for helping children understand cultural differences and could even be used as a therapeutic tool in developmental psychology.” - Camilla Fredriksen, Psychologist, Sykehuset i Vestfold, Norway
“It's a fun read, multicultural, and teaches kids how we are all unique but inherently the same. I also like that the story is delivered in language that a child would use.” - Daniela Grech Sultana, author of 'Katrin and the Rainbow Fountain'
“I am so excited to see this project come to life. I am drawn into the concept and the theme of the book and am delighted to see an abstract yet realistic part of our children's lives explained to them in such an organic yet understandable way... it's pure magic.” - Lorinda Mamo, Graphic Designer, Creative Director and Lifestyle & Parenting Blogger at www.abirdwithafrenchfry.com
“I love the idea behind 'Where am I from?'. Not only does it answer childrens most burning question, but it also manages to introduce different cultures and nationalities with the use of a few well-chosen sentences. The rhythm and repetition throughout will also make it a firm favourite with younger children (and the parents who will have to read it multiple times at bedtime)!” - Maureen Saguna, Independent Content Writer
“Story telling in class should encourage asking questions, make way for discussion, arouse curiosity, and make sure the students have fun and are very engaged and interested in the story. Without a doubt, Elisavet makes sure that 'Where am I from?' brings all this in class and more. Looking very forward to introduce my students to this amazing book!” - Antonella Grech Gili, Primary School Teacher at St Albert the Great College, Malta
“A hugely original book for kids, family story-tellers and teachers. The tale is funny, authentic and tenderly touching. It promotes unity and cross-cultural understanding with no big, didactic words. And street art illustrations are such a brilliant idea! As a granny of multi-cultural, trilingual kids, I cant wait to read it and discuss it with them.” - Polymnia Kossoras, Author of 'The Burning Midnight Sun'
Sponsored and endorsed by David Muscat, Head of Literacy Agency, Malta (200 books pre-ordered to be distributed to public schools).
Sponsored and endorsed by Aase Wivestad, Libraries Counsellor, Vestfold Municipality, Norway (20 books pre-ordered to be distributed to local libraries).