Picture Book Review: A Story about Afiya

A Story about Afiya by James Berry
A Story about Afiya
by James Berry, Anna Cunha (Illustrations)

5 out of 5 stars

Each day Afiya wears the same white frock, and washes it clean each night, and hangs it up on the clothes line to dry. But her white dress never appears to be white for long. It is magically imprinted with the beautiful things she sees each day. When she goes to the zoo, tiger stripes are imprinted on her dress. When she walks past red roses, the leaves and blossoms are entwined in the fabric of her white dress. Colorful butterfly wings and white pigeon wings are imprinted on her dress. Fish and the waves of the sea are imprinted, and leaves from the trees decorate her dress. Afiya carries each memory with her, and in the morning her dress is white and clean again.

I am dazzled by the beauty and whimsy in this book! Afiya is a glorious little girl, dancing and laughing across each page. I love the sweet story that draws your attention to the beauty in everyday life and how precious each experience is.

The illustrations are truly special, with bright colors and misty lines. The artwork makes every little detail magical. Afiya herself is absolutely beautiful, with her pretty hair and pink cheeks and soulful eyes. I love her little earrings, and how she walks around barefoot like a dainty fairy.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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