Victims of Vale’s crime in Brumadinho are honored through poetry in a children’s book

The journalist and writer from Rio de Janeiro, Aglaia Tavares, will launch this Saturday (11), the children’s book “A Lama”, which tells, through rhymed poetry, the story of one of the biggest environmental crimes of our time: the collapse of the Vale dam in Brumadinho, which took place in 2019.

The book is told through the eyes of a character who survived the disaster and is composed of illustrations made by the author’s son, who was only 12 years old at the time the work was produced.

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In report for the Central do Brasil program, gives TVT, Aglaia said that the decision to write for children was because she believed that reading can lead children to discover the most different universes, from fairy tales to difficult everyday themes. For her, writing this book is a way of paying homage to the victims.

“I thought rhyming poetry would be a way to honor the people who died in the tragedy and tell the children a little about what happened there, but in the form of poetry. The narrator of the story is a person who lost everything when the dam broke. The book is written in a very didactic and childlike way”, explained Aglaia.

According to the writer, all subjects can and should be discussed with children, you just need to be careful to find the right way to approach them. The author has other works that talk about topics that are still considered taboo for children, such as depression, illness and even suicide.

“We don’t need to be so direct when talking to the children, we can take other paths: through poetry, through subtlety, working with play. Because it’s a child, and I think it’s important for us to talk about things that aren’t said. As a mother, I always prioritized themes, when reading with my children, that we don’t usually see at school, and that people don’t talk about. We can’t put the child in a bubble and pretend it doesn’t exist. Yes, there is, and everything is the way you say it”, concluded the author.

The launch of the book “A Lama” takes place this Saturday (11), at 11 am at Livrara Eldorado, in the neighborhood of Tijuca, and is open to the public.

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Mariana Pitasse

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