An African Princess (Hardcover)

By Lyra Edmonds, Anne Wilson (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763625955, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 3, 2004



A young girl makes some reassuring discoveries about her identity when she visits her mother's island home in this upbeat story matched with bold, richly patterned illustrations.

I walk tall and say, "I'm Lyra. I'm an African princess. That's me."

Lyra's mama tells her that she's a princess from Africa. But at school
the kids poke fun and call her silly. How many African princesses have
freckles and live on the tenth floor? But on a visit to the Caribbean, Lyra meets her Taunte May, who shows Lyra how she is one in a long line of princesses from Africa. Based on author Lyra Edmonds's own life and beautifully illustrated with Anne Wilson's richly textured art, this is the wonderful story of a child who learns to be proud of who she is.

About the Author

Lyra Edmonds enjoys painting fast and jogging slowly. She is of mixed

heritage and explores this theme in AN AFRICAN PRINCESS, her first book, which journeys from the tentative realization to the proud acknowledgment that whoever we are is always cause for celebration. Lyra Edmonds lives in East Sussex, England, with her husband, three children, and two cats.

Anne Wilson was born on Ascension Island, in the South Atlantic Ocean, and has lived in England since the age of four. Formerly a freelance

illustrator, she now focuses her work on children's books. She says she

seeks warmth and inspiration by submerging herself in a variety of cultures and environments, then sharing her experiences through her creative life.