I Am Dominica / Mwen Se Donmnik

Little Bell Caribbean , October 2013

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‘I Am Dominica / Mwen Se Donmnik’, is a children’s book written by Dominican-born Mara Etienne-Manley and illustrated by Aaron Hamilton. Written in clear, simple language, in both English and Dominican Creole (a French-based patois), the book takes readers on an exciting journey of discovery of Dominica’s rich heritage. Please visit this link for more information on the book: http://campanitabooks.com/i-am-dominica-mwen-se-donmnik/.

Whether dancing to the rhythm of the drum and banjo, eating callaloo and dasheen, enjoying the traditional music or appreciating the natural beauty above and below sea, I Am Dominica embraces culture, history and nature and will help children recognize and appreciate who they are and where they come from.

Although English is the official language in Dominica, Creole is also spoken; however the number of fluent Creole speakers is in steady decline especially among the youth. The Creole translation takes the book to a new level, as it helps preserve the language and opens a well-needed chapter in Caribbean children’s literature.

Extra-ordinary artwork by Hamilton captures the unique beauty of the island in stunning colorful and content-rich images that complement the text. The book is a visual and poetic kaleidoscope that readers (children and adult alike) are sure to enjoy.

The book, printed portrait in 8.5 X 11 inches, also contains a glossary of terms, a brief history on Dominica, and a map of the Caribbean.

Books can be purchased Amazon.com

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