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Joni by Selina Alko

A picture book by Selina Alko.

Selina Alko

Joni Mitchell painted with words.

Sitting at her piano or strumming the guitar, she turned the words into songs.

The songs were like brushstrokes on a canvas, saying things that were not only happy or sad but true.

But before composing more than two hundred songs, Joni was a young girl from a town on the Canadian prairie, where she learned to love dancing, painting, birdsong, and piano. As she grew up into an artist, Joni took her strong feelings —feelings of love and frustration, and the turbulence that came with being a young woman — and wrote them into vivid songs.

Brought to life by Selina Alko's rainbow collages and lyrical language, this heartfelt portrait of a feminist and folk icon is perfect for parents, children, and music lovers everywhere. (From HarperCollins)

Selina Alko is an award-winning author and illustrator, based in Brooklyn, New York. She loves mixing materials to create artwork for her children's books.

More about Joni Mitchell

The singer-songwriter talks to Take 30 about her developing career. 2:53

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