A smile

Raoul Follereau

Book - 2021

"A modern translation of the poem "Un sourire" ("A Smile") by Raoul Follereau, which celebrates the power of a smile--something that costs nothing but provides so much value to the recipient. In the illustrations, two children are bursting with enthusiasm as they travel to a bakery and then their school to stage a surprise birthday party for a teacher. Along the way, their positive energy inspires strangers to help one another."--

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Toronto : PajamaPress 2021.
Edition
First North American edition
Language
English
French
Item Description
Translation of: Un sourire.
Previously published: Hertfordshire, UK: Pikku Publishing, 2021.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 24 cm
ISBN
9781772782271
1772782270
Main Author
Raoul Follereau (author)
Other Authors
Hoda Haddadi, 1977- (illustrator)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A smile costs nothing, but it's worth so much. Did you ever think about the power of a smile? With one short poem, French writer and humanitarian Raoul Follereau spoke to the world about the value of this fundamentally human expression. Since 1920 "A Smile" has been translated into many languages around the world. In this new English translation, framed for a small child's point of view, the poignant words accompany an intergenerational story in pictures about two children and the many lives affected bytheir infectious smiles. A dejected street musician, A lonely businessman, an exhausted teacher-all are lifted up by the generosity, compassion, and friendship inspired by a simple smile"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The beloved poem from French poet and humanitarian Raoul Follereau, translated for a modern child with exquisite paper-collage art from internationally award-winning illustrator Hoda Hadadi

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The power of a smile transforms lives in a modern translation of the classic poem by a beloved humanitarianA smile costs nothing, but it's worth so much. Did you ever think about the power of a smile? With one short poem, French writer and humanitarian Raoul Follereau spoke to the world about the value of this fundamentally human expression. Since 1920 "A Smile" has been translated into many languages around the world. In this new English translation, framed for a small child's point of view, the poignant words accompany an intergenerational story in pictures about two children and the many lives affected by their infectious smiles. A dejected street musician, A lonely businessman, an exhausted teacher—all are lifted up by the generosity, compassion, and friendship inspired by a simple smile. Created in paper collage by internationally award-winning illustrator Hoda Hadadi, the illustrations burst with joyful emotions that will infect the hearts of every reader.Although Raoul Follereau passed away in 1977, his belief in the ability of children to change the world shines through in this book, which was created thanks to the assistance of La Fondation Raoul Follereau. A closing note shares details about Follereau's humanitarian work, his thirty years traveling the world to give aid to and raise awareness for people with leprosy, and his creation of World Leprosy Day, which is still marked on the last Sunday in January every year.