Alaina and the Great Play (Hardcover)

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With the guileless wonder and innocence of a little girl, Alaina is profoundly changed by the performance. As she falls in love with the art of live theater, her enthusiasm lands her center stage. “But when I opened my mouth, the right words didn’t come out. I was too excited to say that little speech. It wasn’t good enough for that great play, so…”

About the Author

With many award-winning books to her credit, Eloise Greenfield has achieved her status among the most celebrated of children’s authors. Multiple lifetime achievement awards include the ALA Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, a Living Legacy Award, a Hope S. Dean Award, and an NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, among others. She has been inducted into the National Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. Colin Bootman is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty-five books for children, including The Blessing of Charlie Sand, Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, Climbing Lincoln's Steps: The African American Journey, Love Twelve Miles Long, and The Steel Pan Man of Harlem—which he also wrote. He and his books have received numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for Almost to Freedom, the Schneider Family Book Award, and the Teacher’s Choice Award.

Praise For…

"From cover to cover, this book will steal your heart. With Alaina and the Great Play, beloved author Eloise Greenfield successfully captures the joy of a Black child and the strength and support of her family as they prepare for a special performance. The emotions of the story are brought to life by the gifted Colin Bootman, whose textured paintings exude the qualities of Black Girl magic." —Don Tate is an award-winning illustrator 

"The story went directly to the heart and life of a child … the illustrations were exciting companions to the text." —Ashley Bryan, Author of Freedom Over Me, winner of a Newbury Honor and 19 other awards

"Eloise Greenfield is a master storyteller. She and Colin worked their magic. His illustrations made me feel like I was part of Alaina’s world." — Kelly Starling Lyons, author and founding member of The Brown Bookshelf

"Text and pictures capture the delight, energy, reflection and spontaneity of young Alaina. Lovely book to share with children." —Geraldine Larson, librarian an Field Experience Coordinator for the UNC-School of Library & Information Science

"A delightfully illustrated, one-of-a-kind Greenfield creation that will have readers wishing for another." —Kirkus Reviews  

Product Details
ISBN: 9781733686525
ISBN-10: 1733686525
Publisher: Alazar Press
Publication Date: May 10th, 2021
Pages: 32
Language: English