Onkel Flores (Uncle Flores)
An almost true story from Brazil
© Baobab Books, 2016
32 pages, hardcover, half-linen printed, 30,5 x 21,5 cm
CHF 24.80 / € (D) 17,90 / € (A) 18,40
ages 5 and up
Uncle Flores is a tailor by profession, and there isn't a better tailor than him in the small town of Pinbauê on the banks of the Rio São Francisco. His nephew Edinho spends a lot of time with him in his workshop. Whilst Uncle Flores is cutting and sewing the cloth he likes to tell stories from the olden days – the time when Pinbauê was still a village, the fishermen's nets were full at the end of the day and the women washed clothes in the river's clear waters.
In those days Uncle Flores sewed colourful costumes for the carnival and beautiful Sunday clothes; today he is only asked to make grey working clothes. These days, almost all of Pinbauê's inhabitants work in the big factory, and the town has become grey. When the factory owner decides to order working clothes abroad, Uncle Flores does not get any orders anymore.
But then Edinho comes up with a great idea, which helps Uncle Flores get work again. Soon people are queuing up outside Uncle Flores' shop. And that is not the only change taking place in Pinbauê … Sometimes a small change can trigger a big transformation.
Foreign rights sold:
Portuguese (Brazil), French, English (US/Can)
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The Author and Illustrator
Eymard Toledo was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. At the age of 25, after finishing her arts studies, she travelled through Europe on her own. It was Berlin where she decided to stay, and where she completed her education, earning a master’s degree in industrial design. She has been living in Germany for more than twenty years now. She is married and has two sons. Once a year, they are all off to Brazil for a holiday. Her sons have also gone fishing in the São Francisco with her. To the family's great disappointment they have hardly caught any fish, however.
Her first book Bené, faster than the fastest Chicken is also available from Baobab Books. It was awarded as one of the Most beautiful German Books by the German Foundation Buchkunst, and selected as Book of the Month by the German Academy for Children’s Literature.
→ Eymard Toledo's Website
→ Longlisted for the AEILIJ Prize for Children's Literature Brazil 2018
→ Awarded as Climate Book June 2016 by the German Academy for Children's Literature
→ Longlisted for the GEP-Illustrationspreis für Kinder- und Jugendbücher 2016
→ Longlisted for Heinrich-Wolgast-Preis 2017 by Arbeitsgemeinschaft Jugendliteratur und Medien (AJuM) in der GEW