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A rainbow is born at night! A baby sea turtle has journeyed from a place beyond stars to Shell
Beach and seeks out his fmaily. In one night with the help of the most unusual guide he goes
through a series of adventures. The inspiration for this book came from one of the rarest sea
turtle beaches in the world, Shell Beach in Guyana. It is a unique story with a multi-cultural
fusion of concepts. It is the first picture book written using the ghazal, an Arabic and Indo-
Persian form of rhyming couplets, as a foundation. The main character, Manni, stems from
the Sanskrit word, Mani, from India which means “jewel or money” and the mongazers
which Manni meets are among the many spirits within the folklore of Guyana and the Carib-
bean, some of which are from the indigenous Arawak Indians.


About the Author

Aman1 Chon Buri, Thailand

Publish Date  January 07, 2014

Dimensions  Standard Landscape  32 pgs Standard Paper

Category  Fine Art

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Comments (1)


Aman1 says

“Manni's title denotes a world beyond stars, but what this delightful book does best is evoke the magic in our own world….. I've never seen anything that better evokes the precious, enchanted beauty that imbues tropical landscapes and their creatures!”
Marcy Summers, Marine and Rainforest Conservationist,Director Alliance for Tompotika Conservation

“Ethereal, luminous compositions convey the mystery of the nocturnal setting and underscore the otherworldly aspect of Manni's journey. Jeweled tones capture the richness of island landscapes and seascapes, while shapes and flowing lines create a sense of the grandeur and energy of nature.
Summer Edwards, Author and Founder of Anansem Caribbean Journal for Children

“Manni From a World Beyond the Stars, by Benrali, captivated my senses. In a dreamy and sacred world, the luminous story graces bountiful scenes. A sense of ancient lore permeates the gentle story of a special turtle, born at midnight, in the presence of the moon and the sea.
Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian Elmira, New York

“These hardcover picture books are to be savoured and pored over as you luxuriate in the beauty of the pictures on each page. In fact, the first time I leafed through the book, I barely read the text as I was entranced by the incredibly detailed illustrations that fill every inch of every page.”
Aleya Kassam, Editor, Writer and Journalist AWAAZ MAGAZINE-Nairobi, Kenya

“As I read this beautifully illustrated book to my grade 2 and 3 students, I observed that I had their full attention and they were totally engrossed in the story, on the edge of their seats eagerly awaiting the next word, the next sentence, the next page. The children demonstrated perfect reading comprehension by stating that the author's message or the 'big idea' in the story is that of friendship.
Abida Khan, Teacher and Writer, Toronto, Canada

“This is a story of divine intervention, a lesson that there is guidance from beyond, and as with all living creatures, human beings are guided by spirit as well. The color illustrations are rich in detail and mesmerizing. Manni is an art book destined to become a collectible.” Burda Vandeborne, Research Librarian of Art, Music and Rare Books-Los Angeles, California

“I enjoyed both books immensely, from an adult and an environment education/art educator/artist point of view, I see tremendous potential in both books for guiding children's sensitivities across into what I can only describe as an 'inter-codex' galaxy.There are so many ways in which these books can be used to promote holistic environment teaching.”
Marguerite Lucerne- Trinidad & Tobago Environmental Educator/Biologist/Sea Turtle Rescue

This book is great for adults or children. While adults will find it relaxing and can appreciate the mixture of cultural folklore of the moongazer spirit, poetic prose, and the tranquil colors in the art work, children will enjoy its entertainment that is perfect for bedtime reading.”
Irene Kinan Kelly is a conservation biologist dedicated to the recovery of protected marine species.

posted at 03:35am Jul 26 PST


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