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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

Mel and Mo's Marvelous Balancing Act

by (author) Nicola Winstanley

illustrated by Marianne Ferrer

Publisher
Annick Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2019
Category
Imagination & Play, Friendship, Opposites
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781773213248
    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price
    $21.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7

Description

How do you create a life in balance?

Mel and Mo may look alike, but these twins’ personalities are far from identical. As they grow up, their differences drive them apart . . . which suits them just fine. Mel’s umbrellas fly off the shelves and Mo’s high-wire feats are the talk of their seaside town. But then Theodora Tweedle’s Raincoats and Roller Skates draws Mo’s crowds away, and umbrellas go out of style. Finally, these siblings have something in common. And maybe each twin has just what they need to create something new . . . together.

Mel and Mo’s Marvelous Balancing Act balances complex concepts of compromise and complementary differences with spare language and a simple story structure. The twins are non-binary characters, adding a layer of diverse representation for young readers that can also serve as an entry point for gender fluidity discussions.

About the authors

Nicola Winstanley has always loved to write; but it wasn't until her daughter was born that she started writing stories for children. Nicola considers herself lucky because she gets to read children's books all the time — it's the best part of the day for her. She's also lucky because she gets to read fledgling writers, as she teaches writing to students at Humber College in Toronto.

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Originaire du Venezuela, Marianne Ferrer a immigré au Canada en 1998. Après avoir étudié l’illustration et le design au cégep Dawson à Montréal, elle a poursuivi ses études en design graphique à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, où elle habite toujours. Marianne a illustré de nombreux ouvrages, notamment Toucania (Monsieur Ed), Mel and Mo's Marvelous Balancing Act (Annick Press) et The Invisible Garden (Orca)Son style est empreint de charme, de délicatesse et de profondeur.

 

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Editorial Reviews

“A beautiful exploration of the unique love siblings share . . . With gorgeous illustrations, it will transport young readers into a whimsical world.” 

Montreal Review of Books, Spring/20

“An amusing approach to teamwork.” 

Kirkus Reviews, 06/28/19

“A beautiful exploration of the unique love siblings share . . . With gorgeous illustrations, it will transport young readers into a whimsical world.” 

Montreal Review of Books, Spring/20

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