THE BEGINNING by Paula Carballeira


Add to cart


Despite the cruel and devastating effects of a war, this poetic story is a message of hope. It's told from childhood and takes us to where bombs explode with every attention to detail.

Also available in Spanish!

More details

Once, there was a war. When the war ended, we didn’t have a home. “Never mind,” my mother said. “We have a car.” So we lived in the car. And from then on, we lived on the road...

“The Beginning” contrasts tenderness with horror, imagination with terrible hardship, and the strength of close family ties with the human drama. Paula Carballeira is skilfully turns the cruel, devastating effects of war into a beautiful poem, while the hyper-realistic illustrations by Sonja Danowski take readers into the ruins of the bombardment. This sensitive story is also a tribute to books as instruments of peace, libraries as glowing beacons that fade in the shadow of violence, and the spoken word as sustenance for our souls. Despite everything, “The Beginning” transmits a message of hope: life goes on, smiles are still infectious, children’s childhoods remain intact, despite the efforts of armed conflict to snatch them away.

Paula Carballeira is a graduate in Spanish Philology, Paula has worked as a storyteller since 1994, taking part in cultural festivals in Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Chile. As an actress, she collaborates with the Berrobambán theatre group, and also appears in a drama series for Galician TV. As a writer, she has published several poetry books and picture books for children, including “Paco” and “Smara” from KALANDRAKA.

Sonja Danowski works as a freelance illustrator in Berlin. Her work has appeared in exhibitions in Poland, China, Germany, Korea and Portugal and has received international awards, including the Best Design Unpublished German Book Prize, in 2007. She has been selected three times for the Illustrator’s Exhibition at the Bologna Book Fair for Picture Books, and three times in the Ilustrarte Biennial in Portugal.

  • Age 5+
  • Binding Hardcover
  • ISBN 9788484647805
  • Language English
  • Pages 36
  • Product Dimensions 22 x 22 cm.
  • Publisher Kalandraka
  • Translated by Jon Brokenbrow

No customer comments for the moment.