Layla's happiness

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, 1973-

Book - 2019

Seven-year-old Layla divulges many things that make her happy, especially her family and their community garden.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
Brooklyn, NY : Enchanted Lion Books 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Audience
Ages 4-8.
Grades K-1.
ISBN
9781592702886
1592702880
Main Author
Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, 1973- (author)
Other Authors
Ashleigh Corrin (illustrator)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Tallie honors the many ways children define happiness. Seven-year-old Layla, an urban-dwelling brown-skinned girl, narrates in a voice that is authentically childlike and lyrical as she describes the experiences and connections that bring her enjoyment and contentment. She describes interactions with the natural world, special times with her parents and friends, with the small pleasures of autonomy and the deep joys of life connected to others. The urban setting and diverse neighborhood make the title instantly relatable to a broad audience. Handwritten with one entry per page, like a particularly well-made journal or bucket list, Layla's litany of high points is illustrated by Corrin in full-page bleeds. The digital artwork has the feel and appearance of block-print and hand-coloring, with deep tones that serve to anchor and extend the engaging text. The child shares her thoughts about happiness with readers and wraps ups by asking, "What is happiness to you?" VERDICT A handsome and helpful primer on self-reflection and a mirror to urban black and brown children, this joyous title could be well paired with Samantha Berger's What if….—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

? 2020 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winner for Illustration? 2020 Ezra Jack Keats Honor for Writing? A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of 2020"Affirmations of black childhood abound, and whimsical wishes float like dandelion fluff. Equally as imaginative as the lyrical text, Corrin’s boldly colored, textured illustrations beautifully capture the buoyant spirit of Layla, a brown girl exuding confidence, comfortable in her own skin—indoors and out. Well-illustrated poetry of the best kind that will leave sunshine in its wake." —STARRED REVIEW, KirkusSeven-year-old Layla loves life! So she keeps a happiness book. What is happiness for her? For you?Spirited and observant, Layla is a child who’s been given room to grow, making happiness both thoughtful and intimate. It’s her dad talking about growing-up in South Carolina; her mom reading poetry; her best friend Juan, the community garden, and so much more. Written by poet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie and illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin, this is a story of flourishing within family and community.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Seven-year-old Layla loves life! So she keeps a happiness book. What is happiness for her? For you?

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Affirmations of black childhood abound, and whimsical wishes float like dandelion fluff. Equally as imaginative as the lyrical text, Corrin's boldly colored, textured illustrations beautifully capture the buoyant spirit of Layla, a brown girl exuding confidence, comfortable in her own skin'indoors and out. Well-illustrated poetry of the best kind that will leave sunshine in its wake." -STARRED REVIEW, KirkusSeven-year-old Layla loves life! So she keeps a happiness book. What is happiness for her? For you?Spirited and observant, Layla is a child who's been given room to grow, making happiness both thoughtful and intimate. It's her dad talking about growing-up in South Carolina; her mom reading poetry; her best friend Juan, the community garden, and so much more. Written by poet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie and illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin, this is a story of flourishing within family and community.