Milanka Reardon began illustrating at a young age. When she emigrated to the U.S. from the former Republic of Yugoslavia at the age of 6, no one in her school spoke her language, so her teachers sketched images of English words for her. Instead of copying the words, though, Milanka took it upon herself to add to their drawings, creating her first stories with images. Later, she attended the Rhode Island School of Design, earning certificates in children’s book illustration and natural science illustration. She is a recipient of the R. Michelson Galleries Emerging Artist Award and served as the New England illustrator coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for several years. You can read more about Milanka and see some of her artwork on her website at MilankaReardon.com.
by Maxine Rose Schur
Illustrated by Milanka Reardon
When a fisherman finds a baby girl in his net, he and his wife are overjoyed. Their wish for a child has come true! But as the years go by, Merella, their beloved daughter, has a secret longing - a longing that will lead the fisherman and his wife to a heartrending decision.
In this original folk story, acclaimed author Maxine Rose Schur presents a poetic fable, weaving themes of yearning, fate, and abiding love. Coupled with Milanka Reardon's exquisite illustrations, Child of the Sea delivers a lively, lyrical tale that confirms the universal need to belong and the liberating power of love.
Hardcover ages 5-10, 11"x8.5"
Available January 18, 2022