Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
Part fable, part metaphor, Little Girl Gazelle is an extraordinarily beautiful picture book focused on discrimination and equality -- and presenting parents’ subtle efforts to ready their black gazelle child to grow up in “a world of lions.” The little girl gazelle leaps from page to page, asking hard questions about what is fair and right. But she’s sleek and fleet, and the poetic language lifts her up, up, higher and faster as she whirls through the bold eloquence of the book’s illustrations, making colourful tracks, leaving her mark, and finding her way as she skims and dances over the unjust world.
About the authors
Stéphane Martelly is a writer, visual artist, and academic. Her numerous books includes essays—notably Les jeux du dissemblable. Folie, marge et féminin en littérature haïtienne contemporaine (Éditions Nota bene, 2016), poetry, and literature for children. Her picture book La maman qui s’absentait (Vents d’ailleurs, 2011) also illustrated by Albin Christen, won the prestigious Michel Tournier prize. She holds a PhD from the Université de Montréal, and has been on faculty at the Université de Sherbrooke and at Concordia University. Originally from Port-au-Prince, she has lived in Montreal since 2002.
Katia Grubisic's poems and short stories, translations, and reviews have appeared in numerous periodicals, including the Globe and Mail, Books in Canada, Arc, the Antigonish Review, the Croatian Reader, CV2, ellipse, the Nashwaak Review, Grain Magazine, and Matrix. She is presently an editor for the New Quarterly and formerly a member of the editorial boards for Qwerty and the Fiddlehead. Her work has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and the Descant / Winston Collins Prize for poetry. She presently lives in Montreal.