Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land (Hardcover)
In her acclaimed debut as author and illustrator, Mirelle Ortega shares her own story of growing up near her family’s pineapple farm in Mexico, where she learned the true meaning of magic
A 2023 Pura Belpré Youth Illustration Honor Book
Growing up on a pineapple farm in Mexico, a girl discovers the true meaning of the word magic in this truly magical picture book about change and transformation of all kinds—what we can’t control, such as natural disasters and loss, and what we can. Magic can transform dirt into pineapples, seeds into trees, wool into blankets, words into stories, blank pages into pictures and stories into book.
About the Author
Mirelle Ortega is a storyteller, illustrator, and the author of Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land, for which she received a Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor. She was born and raised near the Papaloapan River in Veracruz, Mexico, and now lives in Los Angeles.