Thursday, February 23, 2012

Does A Feather Remember

I am very excited to share the announcement of a new book I am illustrating, DOES A FEATHER REMEMBER! It is a lovely story written by Nina Laden. I want to thank her so much for sharing it with me, doing so couldn't have been easy. Besides writing many fine children's books Nina has also illustrated them. To give up the opportunity to illustrate this book must have been a difficult decision and I am very grateful to her and hope I can make it a worthwhile choice!

 This will be the first book I have worked on with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and I am looking forward to working with them. The publisher asked me to write a little about what attracted me to this project. This is what I came up with:

DOES A FEATHER REMEMBER is one of those stories that had me saying "I wish I had thought of that!"

I instantly fell in love with the text. The first line "Does a feather remember it once was a bird?" which is so simple and poetic attracted me to the manuscript. On that first read I had images coming to me for the whole story. Every line opened up possibilities for my imagination to explore. DOES A FEATHER REMEMBER is a wonderful way to experience how things are connected and the stories behind them - how does the bird lose its feather? I can't wait to draw it and find out.

As with THE QUIET BOOK it seems the simplest stories allow me to add my own visual narrative and let my imagination to run free, or wild! I feel very fortunate that this story has come my way and that the author and publisher have so generously shared it with me. 

Visit Nina's blog HERE to read more about the book, as well as see some of her original drawings for it.

1 comment:

Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli said...

This project sounds perfect for you. I can't wait to see what you do with it :)