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Crescendo, Hardback Book


Crescendo is a visual and poetic celebration (poem by Paola Quintavalle) of the transition to motherhood, featuring gorgeous watercolor illustrations from Alessandro Sanna that follow the transformation of a mother's shape throughout her pregnancy, artfully and gracefully delineated not only by images of a mother's profile, but by rich, sweeping scenes from nature.

The curved wingspan of a seagull in flight, the arc of a whale's tail as she swims with her calves, the peaks of verdant, moonlit hills, among others and at last, there is an image of a mother embracing her newborn child, at once lilting and reverent a vision of joy and rest at the culmination of an incredible inward journey.

Quintavalle's poem, written as a response to Sanna's illustrations, weaves delicately throughout the book.

An ode to mothers everywhere, Crescendo is a book to share and to treasure.

Also from Alessandro Sanna, published by Enchanted Lion Books: The River and Pinocchio: An Origin Story.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781592702558



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