Marianthe's Story by Aliki
Painted Words and Spoken Memories

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Returning to her own childhood for inspiration, Aliki has created an exceptional sixty-four-page book that presents Marianthe's story -- her present and her past. In Painted Words, Marianthe's paintings help her to become less of an outsider as she struggles to adjust to a new language and a new school. Under the guidance of her teacher, who understands that there is more than one way to tell a story, Mari makes pictures to illustrate the history of her family, and eventually begins to decipher the meaning of words. In Spoken Memories, a proud Mari is finally able to use her new words to narrate the sequence of paintings she created, and share with her classmates her memories of her homeland and the events that brought her family to their new country.

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About Aliki

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Aliki has written and illustrated many books, both fiction and nonfiction, loved by readers throughout the world. The books were inspired by a word, an experience, or the desire to find out. Aliki says, "I'm not so great at pushing buttons, but I know things happen when you do." Aliki lives in London, England.
Published September 17, 1998 by Greenwillow Books. 64 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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One picture book tells two stories and two aspects of the immigrant experience from the perspective of a child.

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In perhaps her most personal work to date, Aliki presents two equally moving sides to Marianthe's story, the first as a new arrival to a foreign America, and the second the explanation of why she came

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Someday Mari will be able to tell us with words."" Readers then flip the book over to begin the second installment, for which Mari capably uses words to explain her background.

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