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Veselina Tomova

Wall and the Wind, The (ebook)

Wall and the Wind, The (ebook)

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In the middle of the twentieth century, in the middle of Eastern Europe, a young girl dreams of adventures far and near. One day, a huge wall appears that separates East from West, and dreamer from dreams. No ladder is tall enough, no tunnel deep enough to get past that wall. But then a crack appears in the wall, and the girl (now a woman) knows she has the chance to follow her dreams again. 

In this gentle and moving picture book, Veselina Tomova tells the story of her own immigrant journey.  As she writes in the book's afterword: "One can be a wanderer by choice, driven by curiosity and longing to reach new frontiers, or just be tossed in the turmoil of circumstances beyond one's control and running for safety. But we all crave a place to call home." This timely and beautiful story celebrates that impulse to find a home, and to cultivate a community.

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Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Veselina Tomova graduated from Leipzig's School of Graphic Art and Book Design before moving to Newfoundland. She has illustrated books in Germany, Bulgaria and Canada, including the children's books Star's IslandMaggie & HeroA Dozen Silk Diapers, and Running the Goat publications An Old Man's Winter Night:  Ghostly tales, Spirited Away: Fairy stories of old Newfoundland and PB's Comet. Her book The Wall & the Wind was published in the fall of 2020. In 2021, she is illustrating Catherine Dempsey's Daphne's Bees.

She designs many of Running the Goat's trade publications.

She divides her time between St. John's, NL and Rusalya, Bulgaria.

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