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2009

Um Pequeno 
Tratado de 
Brinquedos para 
Meninos Quietos

[A Small Treatise on Toys for Quiet Boys]

ILLUSTRATIONS BY ANNE VIDAL

This book, the first by art educator Selma Maria, results from the encounter of the poetic word with the childhood universe in the hinterland of Minas Gerais. During workshops held in that place so very distinct from the urban space, Selma identified very delicate and creative ways of playing. Poetically named as “toy-earth,” “toy-animal,” “toy-color,” “toy-toy,” and “toy-thought,” these ways of playing are gathered here in this beautiful “toy-book,” to delight children and adults.

2010

Isso Isso

[This and this]


ILLUSTRATIONS BY SILVIA AMSTALDEN

Isso Isso is the second book of poems by poet and art educator Selma Maria. In this delicate and simultaneously amusing “poetic dictionary,” Selma introduces to her readers, “children of all ages,” poems inspired by (polysemous) words that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
The author was inspired by the poem “Ou isto ou aquilo” [Either this or that], by Cecilia Meireles, to write her Isso Isso.

Um Pequeno 
Tratado de Brinquedos para Meninos Quietos da Cidade

2011

[A Small Treatise on Toys for Quiet City Boys]

ILLUSTRATIONS BY NINA ANDERSON

After the success of her debut book, Um pequeno tratado de brinquedos para meninos quietos [A small treatise on toys for quiet boys], born from the encounter with the playful universe of the children from Guimarães Rosa’s hinterland, art educator Selma Maria now unveils the many ways of playing and having fun of children living in large urban centers. Selma’s poetry now looks at the numerous elements of the urban landscape, seizing the small gaps left by the city’s concreteness to offer them new and unexpected meanings.

2012

Superimã e o Mar

[Super-magnet and the Sea]

ILLUSTRATIONS BY NINA ANDERSON

What is it like to be old? What is to be young? Superhero Super-magnet wanted to better understand these life mysteries we only know and stare at without being able to understand properly. So, he decided to seek the greatest and wisest of beings to ask his questions: the sea!
He flew to the beach and waited until his old friend approached for a chat. In Super-magnet and the sea, we see that one is never too old or too young to exchange experiences.