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Children's Fiction Country & Ethnic

Marisol and the Yellow Messenger

by (author) Emilie Smith-Ayala

illustrated by Sami Suomalainen

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Aug 1994
Country & Ethnic
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    Publish Date
    Aug 1994
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    Publish Date
    Aug 1994
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3


When Marisol is eight, her father is killed and she and her mother and little brothers have to flee the bright, warm world of Latin America and go to North America. Marisol feels confused and isolated in the northern, wintry place that is not yet home. Every day she thinks longingly of her dead father and the world she left behind.

But one night Marisol has a special dream. She sees her mother's mother, weaving an endless cloth with every color of the world in it. They show her that her father is both with them and with her, in the wind and the stars. The next evening when a tiny yellow bird flies in out of the bitter cold, Marisol knows why it has come.

Marisol's story explores the issues of loss, identity, and the resurgence of joy.


About the authors

by Emilie Smith-Ayala and illustrated by Sami Suomalainen

Emilie Smith-Ayala's profile page

Sami Suomalainen has illustrated many children’s books, including the first two books by Robert Munsch, Mud Puddle (1995) and The Dark (1997), as well as several adult and educational books. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two cats.

Sami Suomalainen's profile page

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