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Circle

Written & Illustrated by: Jeannie Baker

For ages: 4 years and up

Language: English

Topics Covered: Health, Recovery, Migration, Natural World, Accessibility, Environmental Activism. 

Summary: This book covers both the healing of the main character (a young child) with the migration of godwit birds, which are often seen in Australia.  The setup of this book is unique, teaching both about recovery and the environment.  The collages are designed on the page in such a way that the reader feels like a flying godwit, seeing the changing patterns of earth from high in the sky.  It is refreshing to see on one of the first pages a disabled child, who are often not the main characters in stories, particularly seen in an active way (the child is seen on the beach multiple times!).

This book teaches also about the migration of birds, and the changing world we live in today.  Protecting our natural resources is crucial for a healthy world, and Baker makes it accessible as well as beautiful with her collages.

Reflection Questions:

  • What do you notice about the collages in the book?
  • What types of birds do you see migrating?
  • What type of landscape that the godwits flew over would you like to visit?

Continuing the Conversation:

We found an excellent Teacher’s copy here! The link is a PDF with an in-depth interview with Jeannie, as well as insights to why she chose to make certain collages or frame the story within the main character’s recovery process.  In the PDF is also curriculum standards (for Australia), discussion points, and related activities to sustainability, migration, and information about scientific research.  It’s truly an incredible resource!

About the Author & Illustrator:

jeannie-home-welcomeJeannie Baker is the artist and illustrator for Circle.  She works primarily in collage, which means her art takes longer than a typical drawing or painting might take!

Here is a link that has Frequently Asked Questions about her artistic process and idea development!

Sound Off Saturday Featuring: Mama Tortuga!

Happy Saturday!  We are thrilled to have been able to connect this week with Johana, also known as Mama Tortuga!  She is a powerhouse of bilingual and herbal activism and knowledge, with a flair for business.  Johana is a hustler and has tons of fantastic projects that she’s currently working on.  We hope you enjoy learning about them as much as we did!
The Tiny Activist: Introduce yourself/your organization!f70d4b_5e94206b839e4548ac290c241396f086~mv2_d_1836_3264_s_2

Mama Tortuga: Hello, hola!! I am Johana usually called Mama Tortuga. I have created a bilingual website called www.mamatortuga.org to support and provide resources to families around the world, that want to raise free, eco-conscious, multilingual, global citizens. Our perspective is multicultural. We love to create community and to support communities that are working to create a better and improved world!!! I have a very eclectic point of view, from music and arts, to activism, to freedom, our family is here to support this and amplify those voices that need to be amplified!!!

TTA: What are you passionate about?

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Johana and her family- Photo Credit: @R Dot Photography

 

MT: Very passionate about a wholesome approach to live!! From intersectional feminism, mindful parenting, sustainability, arts, and love!!! I am a student of life!! I am also a lover of nature and work alongside my family in our small backyard garden.

TTA: Tell us about a project you’re currently working on!

 

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“Parenting is a spiritual practice. Social Activism is a spiritual practice”

MT: Right now I am working on creating ways to support myself, an immigrant Latina mother, and support other women in my community in learning and healing. Always looking for ways I can generate funds and spaces for us to grow!! Locally, I am offering Spanish and English social classes in the area of West Palm Beach, Fl. I am also on a local Spanish radio, where I support ancestral knowledge on herbals and multicultural traditions. Online, I am offering platforms to support resources for global and conscious families. Also, I am documenting much of my adventures, because I believe our voices are important, even if my English is not perfect!! Always showing solidarity with oppressed groups and searching for a different mindset for our world!!! Right now working on a class to be offered at the Florida Herbal Conference of next year in Spanish!!!

 

TTA: How can people support you on your journey?

 

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“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need”

MT: Thanks for asking this!! We offer a line of wonderful and original Mama Tortuga T-shirts on all sizes for you $21 for sizes S, M, L and $18 for children, includes shipping, we also offer custom orders for bigger sizes or special merchandise. Also, I would love to be offered jobs on translation, multicultural consultant and talks, that are paid. I had been doing a lot of these jobs in the past decade. Sadly, many times, we are not being acknowledged. Also, I would love to be part of online collabs and convos. It is about forming a supporting community!!!

 

TTA: What book was your favorite in 2019 so far?

MT: So hard to choose!! Going to mention some: The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Andrea Tutu, The Holly Wild by Danielle Dulsky and Jambalaya by Louisa Teish

Screen Shot 2019-07-27 at 11.55.22 AMTTA: What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

MT: For my website to keep growing and new connections that make a reality the dreams I have about having a supportive community. That the passion that I have for justice and solidarity and healing can come to fruition in abundance of resources and love!!!f70d4b_6ed50d5703164302a09e00d41ac84851mv2.jpg

 

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