Left-handed Anya draws with great passion... but only when she's alone. In Russia, right-handedness is demanded — it is the right way. This cultural expectation stifles young Anya's creativity and artistic spirit as she draws the world around her in secret.
Then Anya learns that many of the world's famous artists, including Leonardo, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo, were left-handed too. Hiding away from family, teachers, and neighbors, Anya imagines a secret society of famous left-handed artists drawing alongside her. But once her family emigrates from Russia to America, her life becomes less clandestine, and she no longer feels she needs to conceal a piece of her identity. Inspired by the author's real-life experiences as a child, this charming story celebrates individuality, creative expression, and imagination.
"As Nayberg explains in this book’s postscript, a tradition of conformity in Russia has created a taboo against left-handedness. Right is right and correct, and left is not. So Anya, a lefty, is forced to learn to write and do everyday tasks with her right hand, reserving her left hand for her artwork, which she does when she is alone.... It is the story of coping with any society’s rigid norms and finding avenues for self-expression, and Anya’s imagination is a bright vehicle for just such a ride. Anya’s secret society is so jovial and bighearted, you wish it upon all oppressed lefties." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||5 - 9|
|Publication Date||Mar 12, 2019|