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Jemmy Button

Written and illustrated by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali
Published by Templar
$16.99
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5-7
Target Age
48
Pages
Picture
Book Type

What's Jemmy Button About

Publisher Summary

A beautiful collaboration based on a true story.

Exchanged for the single mother-of-pearl button that gave him his nickname, an indigenous Tierra del Fuegan boy named Orundellico spent many years in England in the early 1800s as part of a failed experiment in forced civilization. Less a biography than an attempt to represent this alienating experience from Jemmy’s point of view, it is distinguished by lyrical prose-poetry (“Come away with us and taste our language, see the lights of our world,” the British explorers tell Jemmy) and intensely creative and beautifully conceived paintings. On matte pages, Jemmy, a paper-doll figure with red ochre skin and curly black hair, walks naked through throngs of top-hatted and gowned silhouettes, all the same shade of blue. His guardians buy him clothes and take him to concerts, but the paintings show him always set apart from his companions. “Jemmy felt almost at home. Almost, but not quite.”

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Who Wrote Jemmy Button

author & illustrator
Jennifer Uman View Author
author & illustrator
Valerio Vidali View Author

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Did Jemmy Button Win Any Awards

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  • 2013 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
0763664871
ISBN 13:
9780763664879
Publication Date:
March 26, 2013