Written by Antonio Ramirez
Illustrated by Domi
Publication Date August 14, 2004
Napi is a young Mazateca girl who lives with her family in a little village on the bank of a river in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. Each afternoon the family sits beneath the shade of a huge ceiba tree and listens to the grandfather's stories. As Napi listens dreamily, the afternoons take on different colors in her imagination -- orange, purple, violet and green. She finds nighttime along the river just as beautiful as the trees fill with white herons settling on their branches. The ceiba tree sends Napi dreams every night, and in her favorite one, she becomes a heron, gliding freely along the river.
Domi's vibrant palette and magical illustrations are a perfect complement to this imaginative story.
Antonio Ramirez is a writer and gifted artist who lives in Mexico. He is the author of the three titles in the Napi series of picture books.
Domi's wonderful illustrations appear in many children's books, including the Napí titles by Antonio Ramírez; The Night the Moon Fell (La noche que se cayó la luna) and The Race of Toad and Deer (La carrera del sapo y el venado) by Pat Mora; The Girl from Chimel, The Honey Jar and The Secret Legacy by Rigoberta Menchú; and The Story of Colors by Zapatista hero Sub-Comandante Marcos. Domi is Mazateca and grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico.
"[An] enchanting picture book." Multicultural Review
"...the clear lyrical prose has a childlike charm that brilliantly re-creates the joys of this child's experience." School Library Journal
"An unusual, dynamic picture book..." Booklist
"Domi illustrates another fellow Zapatista's text with dazzling, stylized Oaxacan figures and scenes." Kirkus Reviews
"Domi's primitive and brilliant acrylic palette creates a sense of magic and continuous motion, as it beautifully complements the story." Criticas Magazine