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Zonia's Rain Forest

By Juana Martinez-Neal
Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

A heartfelt, visually stunning picture book from Caldecott Honor and Robert F. Sibert Medal winner Juana Martinez-Neal illuminates a young girl’s day of play and adventure in the lush rain forest of Peru.

Zonia’s home is the Amazon rain forest, where it is always green and full of life. Every morning, the rain forest calls to Zonia, and every morning, she answers. She visits the sloth family, greets the giant anteater, and runs with the speedy jaguar. But one morning, the rain forest calls to her in a troubled voice. How will Zonia answer? Acclaimed author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal explores the wonders of the rain forest with Zonia, an Asháninka girl, in her joyful outdoor adventures. The engaging text emphasizes Zonia’s empowering bond with her home, while the illustrations—created on paper made from banana bark—burst with luxuriant greens and delicate details. Illuminating back matter includes a translation of the story in Asháninka, information on the Asháninka community, and resources on the Amazon rain forest and its wildlife.

  • The newest solo picture book from Juana Martinez-Neal, Caldecott Honor winning creator of Alma and How She Got Her Name, illustrator of Sibert winner, Frybread, written by Kevin Noble Maillard, and of Babymoon by Haley Barrett
  • First and foremost, a celebration of a child enjoying the freedom and beauty of her vast rainforest backyard, which should be joyously welcomed by those calling for a return to unstructured, outdoor playtime for children
  • A caution about how easily and irrevocably an entire ecosystem’s balance can be thrown off, and a stark reminder that we put the survival of all people, not just indigenous people, at risk through myopic interference

About the author

Juana Martinez-Neal is the Peruvian-born daughter and granddaughter of painters. Her debut as an author-illustrator, Alma and How She Got Her Name, was awarded a Caldecott Honor and was published in Spanish as Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre. She also illustrated La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, for which she won a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, Babymoon by Hayley Barrett, and Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, which won a Robert F. Sibert Medal. Juana Martinez-Neal lives in Arizona with her family. Visit her online at www.juanamartinezneal.com.

ISBN: 9781536208450
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: April 7, 2021
Dimensions: 269 x 229mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $32.99
Stock Level: Not Yet Published

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