My Island

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Release Date: 
April 2, 2019
Princeton Architectural Press (Adult)
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“My Island is the perfect soothing antidote to a busy day.”

In a world of sensory overload, My Island provides an oasis for young imaginations. Author Stephanie Demasse-Pottier’s latest book is geared toward four to seven year olds and is the perfect soothing antidote to a busy day. Slow down, sit down, and read to your child and then watch as his/her imagination takes flight.

The author wrote the book as a tribute to her two young daughters and their inventiveness. “To dream and to invent allows you to discover yourself,” she said in an interview.

The story is about a girl and her imagination. She conjures up a lovely island filled with birds and animals. In this warm and welcoming place, she plays games, reads and collects bouquets. Everyone with an imagination is free to explore this extraordinary island. The young girl invites the reader to accompany her to this special place, provided they are willing to share, sing, and dream.

Seng Soun Ratanavanh’s drawings have a dreamy quality and are the perfect complement to Demasse-Pottier’s words. The soothing pastel colors are interlaced with rich red tones to create a beautiful imaginary island. Wander into this island and discover colorful birds, friendly animals, and strange bric-a-brac with a serene host, a little girl with rosy cheeks and a cordial expression.

So turn off the television and smart phone and escape to My Island, a place of shelter and companionship.