Amazonian children’s fable enters the national collections of a university and non-profit institution
The book “Only a canoe on summer nights” was the winner of the Amazon Creative Award
Manaus (AM) – The children’s literary production in Amazonas gains national prominence by translating in a genuine way the life of riverside people, folklore and regional elements. The book “Only a canoe on summer nights”, by Amazonian author Leila Plácido, awakened the imagination of readers from other regions of the country and entered the national collections of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and the Center for Studies and Research in Education, Culture and Community Action (Cenpec).
The book was the winner of the Amazon Creative Award Edict nº 07/2021 promoted by the State Government, through the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy.
The narrative tells the saga of a canoe, from its origin in the form of a seed, to the contact with the riverside people and animals on the riverbank. The canoe is led by Mr. Chico, who travels through a life of adventures, tales and folklore. The fable teaches about real values in life, sustainability and environmental preservation.
“The whole country has this curiosity about our folklore and the whole mythical concept of northern folklore, so I attribute the success to that, to having made the fable based on this scenario that is very rich to create, alluding to our land, legends and myths”,
scores the author.
For the secretary of Culture, Marcos Apolo Muniz, the notices strengthen the state’s cultural sector, allowing greater dissemination of authorial works.
“The Amazon is the country’s great calling card and when the cultural sector advocates folklore and northern roots, in a well-founded, playful way, which is the case with Leila Plácido’s book, interest is natural”,
emphasizes the secretary.
Still according to the author, the work was also inspired by the melody “Saga de um Canoeiro”, by Ronaldo Barbosa. “I love this tune and I always wondered what the canoe would look like and started writing the character’s saga”, explains the writer.
In addition to the fable, Plácido is the author of the titles “Almost the End” (2016), “The girl who traveled the universe without getting out of bed” (2020), “If a rainbow touches a gargoyle” (2020) and participated in the collection of short stories “Encantarias” (2020), by the collective Visagem.
The book “Only a canoe on summer nights” is available online for free at Leila’s Library. And, in the national collections at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Cenpec links.
In Manaus and in other cities in Brazil, Leila Plácido participates in literary meetings, promoting the dissemination of the work contemplated in the state’s cultural public notice.
Earlier this year, the author was the guest of the project of the Secretariat of Culture, Mania de Ler, which makes available a collection of 1,200 works for children and children and young people in an adapted vehicle, in Largo de São Sebastião, downtown .
At the meeting, Leila promoted an afternoon of reading about the Amazonian fable, the process of creating the work, in addition to presenting the watercolors that illustrate the work.
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