The Ammuchi Puchi
Written by Sharanya Manivannan and illustrated by Nerina Canzi
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Sharanya Manivannan is an award-winning writer based in India. Her fiction, poetry and essays have been widely published internationally, and she was specially commissioned to write and perform a poem at the 2015 Commonwealth Day Observance in London. The Ammuchi Puchi is Sharanya’s first picture book. Her forthcoming books for adults include The High Priestess Never Marries and The Altar of the Only World. You can find out more about Sharanya on her website.
Photo credit: Catriona Mitchell
Nerina Canzi is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and artist. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1958. She graduated in 1980 as a teacher of drawing and painting at the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón. She lived in Italy and Spain for seventeen years, painting murals and everything related to the decorative arts. In 2014 she began working in illustration and a year later received the NATIONAL AND LATIN AMERICAN PRIZE for Children’s and Youth Literature for her book La Hormiguita viajera. She is currently living in Argentina.
“Every story leads me to a different territory. The words suggest colours, images, unexpected atmospheres…”
You can find out more about Nerina and her stunning artwork on her website.
Navigating grief and finding healing
In The Ammuchi Puchi, Aditya and Anjali are visited by a beautiful and mysterious butterfly after their grandmother passes away. I wrote the story a couple of years after losing my own grandmother, when I began to think about how children navigate grief. Children are remarkably intuitive, and sometimes, keeping them from ‘heavy’ topics only deepens their curiosity, and their confusion. Literature helps people of all ages make peace with painful emotions, and in this story, there is light and magic and acceptance – all beautifully illustrated by Nerina Canzi.
The Ammuchi Puchi’s core themes are death, the supernatural and faith, but above all else, it is about the one thing that is truly eternal: love.
Author: Sharanya Manivannan
Illustrator: Nerina Canzi
Format: Paperback or ebook (ePub for iBooks)
Release date: 17th October 2016
Page number: 32
Age range: 7-11
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-911373-02-5
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-911373-03-2
Product dimensions: 24cm x 24cm
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