Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories

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Harper Collins, Sep 17, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 64 pages
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Returning to her own childhood for inspiration, Aliki has created an exceptional sixty-four-page book that presents Marianthe's story -- her present and her past. In Painted Words, Marianthe's paintings help her to become less of an outsider as she struggles to adjust to a new language and a new school. Under the guidance of her teacher, who understands that there is more than one way to tell a story, Mari makes pictures to illustrate the history of her family, and eventually begins to decipher the meaning of words. In Spoken Memories, a proud Mari is finally able to use her new words to narrate the sequence of paintings she created, and share with her classmates her memories of her homeland and the events that brought her family to their new country.

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User Review  - Kate_Schulte078 - LibraryThing

This story is a good mentor text for writer’s workshop. It shows that everyone has a story to tell. This story is good for students who are new. It also teaches about diversity and being kind. Read full review

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User Review  - ashleywoody - LibraryThing

Summary: This is a book that contains two stories. I picked the first story in the book, Painted Words. It tells the story of a young girl, Mari, who moves to a new town from a different country. She ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Aliki has written and illustrated many books, both fiction and nonfiction, loved by readers throughout the world. The books were inspired by a word, an experience, or the desire to find out. Aliki says, "I'm not so great at pushing buttons, but I know things happen when you do." Aliki lives in London, England.

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