For Love
Cristina Neri
Publisher: Lake Press Pty Ltd
ISBN: 9780655213611
Awards Year: 2022
Category: CBCA Award for New Illustrator


Early each morning, Carina and her father climb the sleeping volcano to tend to their garden. Why do the wonders of the garden exist? she asks. ‘For Love,’ is always his mysterious reply.

Written from the heart, Cristina Neri tells a tender story of a father who teaches his daughter that just as beauty is an expression of love, even the most painful occasions invite us to experience the full power love has to offer.

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The CBCA judges say...

This is a very assured first book. The illustrations enhance the story line — providing further information and insight into character, setting, plot and theme. The choice of medium and style is original, and the blue shades enhance the brighter reds, greens and yellows, with recurring symbols of love and nature used throughout. The overall theme is reflected in the bright red endpapers, tying to the bold red font on the front cover. The production values of this book; a dust jacket, beautiful heavy matte stock and wonderful design make this book stand out from other entries in this category.

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