Long before Nini was born, she was in a safe place where a familiar voice promised her a loving home. But once she was born, that soft voice was replaced by the words of care givers in an orphanage. Though they were kind, Nini missed the soft voice and the promises it made. Then, one day, a man and a woman on the other side of the world learned that their dreams were about to come true. They would finally have a baby to love. When they all met, Nini once again heard a soft voice, as reassuring and as loving as the first, and trusted that the promises had come true. But her first memory was never lost – it remained an echo for her to share with her parents in her new home.
This exceptional book about adoption is a comforting story for children and families who have experienced it first-hand, a tribute to the author’s own adopted child, and a very heartfelt thank-you for the gift of family.
About Francois Thisdale
For nearly twenty years, François Thisdale has worked as an award-winning freelance illustrator, creating images for children’s books, news magazines, annual corporate reports, and book covers on behalf of North American and European clients. His trademark multi-textured images are the product of a unique blend of traditional drawing and painting techniques with digital imagery. An experienced musician, he has also composed soundtracks for short films and art exhibits.
“…This is a lovely book for all who have been touched by adoption in some way.”
–The Waterloo Region Record
“…Thisdale’s illustrations are beautiful, a highly textured combination of painting, drawing, and digital imagery. The pictures draw us in, creating atmosphere and tone, and ultimately establishing an unexpected connection between the Chinese and Canadian landscapes….”
—Montreal Review of Books
“François Thisdale is best known as an illustrator, and Nini is the first book he has written. Nothing has been lost in the translation from the original French version. The poetic story of adoption, love, and family complements the soft illustrations which tell half of the story and set the mood on each page. This is Thisdale's personal story, and the black smudging around the edges of each page give the impression that readers are experiencing each step of the journey through his eyes…”
–Highly Recommended, CM Magazine