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Mariya Prytula

Mariya Prytula

Little Moss, Big Tree picture book acquired by Qingdao Publishing in China

The award winning picture book illustrated by Mariya Prytula and written by M. Yap-Stewart was acquired by Qingdao Publishing in China.

Excerpt from the Foreword Indies book review:
"Mariya Prytula’s watercolors use a soft palette, focusing on landscapes that bring out Storm King Mountain’s secluded beauty. Their inventive elements include vintage-styled postcards that feature butterflies, a red biplane, animal drawings, and Ursa constellations. The text doesn’t say what the two friends write to each other, but suggests that they find everyday instances worthy of notice. Theirs is an intimate and wondrous world.

Wordless two-page spreads convey the passing time through seasonal changes. In one composition, half of Big Tree is ablaze in orange, while the other half is denuded of leaves. Without the story needing to state that Big Tree died, one final, wordless spread features a new green shoot on the forest floor, evoking rebirth.

Uplifting and emotionally forceful, the book’s example of a friendship that endures is fresh because of its unlikely, very different central characters. It’s a beautiful allegory about enduring separation and working through loss."

Little Moss, Big Tree picture book acquired by Qingdao Publishing in China
Little Moss, Big Tree picture book acquired by Qingdao Publishing in China
Little Moss, Big Tree picture book acquired by Qingdao Publishing in China
Little Moss, Big Tree picture book acquired by Qingdao Publishing in China

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