Publication Date June 2020
Publisher: Y Lolfa, Tal-y-bontI
Story & Illustrations by Valériane Leblond
Format: Hardback, 230x230 mm, 32 pages
Picture book for children aged 4–8 by the illustrator of 'Little Honey Bee', 'Wales on the Map' and 'Four Branches of the Mabinogi'. A beautifully illustrated story about emigration and homesickness. Around 1900, a family leaves Wales in search of a better life in the USA, where their homemade quilt proves a great comfort.
Mae'r teulu bach yn gadael Cymru ac yn mynd i chwilio am fywyd gwell yn America bell. Dyma'r gyfrol gyntaf i Valériane sgwennu'r stori a chreu'r lluniau. Wedi'i gyhoeddi yn Gymraeg hefyd: https://siopypethe.cymru/products/y-cwilt-valeriane-leblond
Valériane Leblond's talent and appeal as an illustrator cannot be doubted - books illustrated by her have been shortlisted or won the prestigious Tir na n-Og children's book award every year since 2015. A French artist brought up in Angers, she now lives in an old farmhouse near Aberystwyth with her three sons, several cats and too many chickens. This is her first book as an author.
A little girl lives with her parents on a farm near the coast, around the turn of the twentieth century. Times are hard and the family decides to emigrate to America, raising the fare by selling all of their possessions except for a black and red quilt lovingly hand-made by the mother. The little girl feels homesick and sad at times, but the memories and love contained in the quilt help her overcome this and adapt to her new life. The book offers a message of hope which is sure to strike a chord with many adult readers: when things look bleak, remember that happy times will return.