Booklist on Celia: “This quiet story offers much food for thought”

CeliaThe American Library Association's Booklist Online has reviewed our picture book, Celia, by Christelle Vallat and illustrated by Stephanie Augusseau. 

Reviewer Kay Weisman says: ''An older woman named Celia is the town listener. People stand in line to whisper their troubles to her and pay her with seeds, which Celia then transforms into colorful balloons, frosting, stars, fruit, and flowers. One day Celia discovers a seed lost by Julian, a child who was afraid to unburden himself without proper payment. Together the pair plants his seed in a flowerpot, where it grows into a beautiful blossom. First published in Belgium, this quiet story offers much food for thought. The concept of adults and children sharing their troubles as a means of lessening sadness (and bringing beauty into the world) will be new to many children. The story may prompt questions as well, such as, who listens to Celia? Augusseau's black-and-white drawings convey the difficulties people share with Celia, while bright splashes of color illustrate the joy resulting from Celia's magical transformations. Best shared one-on-one, pair with Heinz Janisch's "I Have Little Problems," Said the Bear (2009) for a look at issues resulting from not listening.''

A note to educators and librarians: You'll find a free Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide for Celia on the bottom web page for the book