One night the old man looked at the stars but one was missing! Suddenly he heard footsteps. He turned his head to see an orphan boy. The man and the boy lived together. The boy had a special secre
One night the old man looked at the stars but one was missing! Suddenly he heard footsteps. He turned his head to see an orphan boy. The man and the boy lived together. The boy had a special secret that he said he couldn't share. The man's curiosity got the better of him and his life was changed forever.
This award-winning picture book is based on a Maasai legend about the planet Venus and tells of a loyal affection despite broken trust.
Accompanied by magnificent paintings of Africa.
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"This is a book that will widen the world of its readers."
— School Library Journal
"Mollel's elegant telling is lucid and tender, giving the story's familiar outline unusual appeal. Morin provides luminous paintings that capture the rich gold of slanting sunlight and the shadowed blues of night with uncommon drama and beauty... Outstanding."
— Kirkus Review
"It is a delight to see the book re-issued by Fitzhenry & Whiteside in what is, if anything, a bigger and better version of the same wonderful book. . . The heavily textured and intricate illustrations in The Orphan Boy are a delight. . .
"There is much about the book that cannot better be described than with the word, "beautiful." Morin captures the beauty of traditional African dress and, although written in prose, Mollel's writing has a beautifully poetic, lyrical quality to it. The writing is descriptive and engaging. The sentences are generally short and direct, yet Mollel is able to say a lot with relatively few words. . .
"Morin's use of light and shadows, as well as the texture of the artwork, adds depth to the illustrations. The illustrations alternate between depictions of the cool of night (with the heavy use of dark blues) and the stifling heat of the day (featuring dry, dusty yellows). This artistic use of such elements as light, colour and texture, make the artwork for this book timeless. Morin's artwork here is of the very highest order. . .
"The Orphan Boy is a treat to the senses and has wide appeal. Children and their parents will be spellbound by Mollel and Morin's work.
— CM Magazine
"In 1990, The Orphan Boy won the Governor-General's Award for Illustration, and the book won several other awards in the following two years. Almost 20 years on, The Orphan Boy has been reissued with, as the publisher's blurb announces, a brand-new cover, eight additional pages and nine "breath-taking" new paintings. This is a case in which, for once, there is truth to the apparent hyperbole: more is more in this case, and it's more, especially, of Paul Morel's superb paintings."
— The Globe and Mail
"Now available in a beautiful new edition. . . An enthralling folktale that respects and honors the traditions of the Maasai people, The Orphan Boy, is highly recommended, especially for children's public library collections."
— The Midwest Book Review
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is a children's author, dramatist and storyteller. He grew up in Arusha Tanzania at the times when oral tradition was still alive and well. Tololwa has written over sixteen books using traditional folklore as their basis. He has worked as an actor and university theatre instructor in Tanzania and Canada, and as a writer-in-residence for the Edmonton Public Library. His books include award-winning titles such as Orphan Boy, Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper!, Big Boy
, and My Rows and Piles of Coins
. His books have been translated into various South African languages and into Korean. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
is an artist, musician, photographer, and filmmaker who has illustrated over dozen picture books, including The Ghost Dance, and Animal Dreaming. With the debut of The Orphan Boy in 1990, Morin's art was met with overwhelming praise for his gorgeous oil paintings containing grit, sand, and twigs from the African landscape. Paul has received many accolades for his work, including a nomination for the Kate Greenaway Medal and two Society of Illustrators' awards.
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Governor General's Award for Illustration
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour Book Award for Illustration
American Library Association Notable Book Award, 1991
The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award for Illustration