We Are Powerful!

Laura Ertimo

Original title: Mikä Mahti!

Author: Laura Ertimo

Illustrator: Mari Ahokoivu

Published: 2023

Publisher: FINLAND: Into (orig.)

Genre: Non-Fiction

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English sample and synopsis

In We Are Powerful! Lotta and Kasper delve into how people use power.

  • Newest title by the Tieto-Lauri awarded duo Laura Ertimo and Mari Ahokoivu, tackling the question of power into something easily understandable by children!

Best friends Laura and Kasper start junior high in a new school. In addition to the question of whether their friendship will survive in a new group, the two also start to wonder about power, as the nearby forest is under a threat.

How is power used? Does everyone have power? Who gets to decide what happens to the forest? Biodiversity loss and the climate crisis are real and a massive challenge - but how come it feels like not enough is being done? Who is responsible?

The book also peeks into our brain and ponders how humans are peculiar animals that are able to tell stories. Stories that we have the power to change. Could our connection to nature be the biggest story of them all?

Author Laura Ertimo's and comic artist Mari ahokoivu's new book WE ARE POWERFUL reminds reader that it is in the stories we tell that the power and shortcomings of humans are visible. [--] When reading, one can't help but admire the passion and knowledge of the creators.

Aino Miikkulainen in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

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About author

Laura Ertimo

Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer. Her children's title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu, was nominated for the 2021 Finlandia Award and has also won the Tieto-Lauri award!


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