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Belpre Youth Illustration Honor Book 2023

“…from this book’s very first image, the narrator’s sun-soaked homeland, seen from a bird’s-eye view, is ‘brimming with magia’.”
Publishers Weekly

Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land

Written by Mirelle Ortega
Published by Cameron Kids

Growing up on a pineapple farm in Mexico, a girl discovers the true meaning of the word magic in this truly magical picture book about change and transformation of all kinds—what we can’t control, such as natural disasters and loss, and what we can. Magic can transform dirt into pineapples, seeds into trees, wool into blankets, words into stories, blank pages into pictures and stories into book.

Primary ISBN: 9781951836573
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 4 or older

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Setting: Mexico, United States

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Immigrant

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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