Many Shapes of Clay: a Story of Healing
by Kenesha Sneed, Illustrated by Kenesha Sneed
Publication Date: May 04, 2021
List Price: $16.95
Format: Hardcover, 44 pages
Target Age Group: Early Reader
Imprint: Prestel Junior
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
In this modern-day fable about grief, diversity, and family connections, a young girl discovers the joys–and pain–of the creative process.
Winner of the Bookstagang Best of 2021: Best Conversation Starter Picture Books of 2021. Longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize. Ezra Jack Keats Award Honoree.
Eisha lives with her mother, a ceramic artist, who helps her make a special shape out of a piece of clay. The shape reminds Eisha of her father, of the ocean, of a lemon. As Eisha goes through her neighborhood doing errands with her mother, the piece of clay hardens and then shatters into pieces when Eisha taps it.
In poignant and powerful words and pictures, Kenesha Sneed shows how Eisha learns to live with the sense of loss and of the joyful power of making something new out of what is left behind. Illustrated with Sneed’s bold colors, graphic lines, and gestural textures, the book celebrates diversity and shares a gentle message that we all have the ability to heal and create.