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Lala's Words

Lala's Words is a picture book written and illustrated by Gracey Zhang.

Gracey Zhang

Oh, there goes Lala! She carries a pot of water around the corner, down the block, and over the fence, to a patch of dirt and concrete where tiny weeds sprout. "Hello, hello, friends!" she whispers. Lala waters the plants every day, but it is her kind words that make them sway and nod.

Lala's wild nature and quiet compassion enchant in this evergreen story about the power of kind words and the magic of being loved for who you are. (From Scholastic)

Gracey Zhang is an author and illustrator from Vancouver, now based in New York. Lala's Words is her debut picture book. 

Interviews with Gracey Zhang

Gracey Zhang's sketchbook is full of people-watching scenes, but these days she has to dream them up

2 years ago
Duration 4:09
Her illustrations of people's interactions and body language are a romantic reminiscence of pre-pandemic life.
Vancouver illustrator Gracey Zhang likes keeping a visual journal to make sense of the world around her, but when she got trapped in Lisbon at the start of the pandemic, her diaries took on a whole new meaning. Zhang joined Tom Power to talk about her work and the power of drawing to document these times.

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