Early this morning, I rolled out my cat-scratched, hole-poked mat once again and pressed Shuffle for my yoga tunes. With bones shouting and muscles complaining, I ebbed and flowed through my poses. As I ended in the calming tree pose with one leg bent and a foot to my knee, my arms stretched from my heart to the sky. I gazed at the tree outside my window. Oddly enough, it posed in mirror image to me. We bent and swayed together in a ridiculous dance…
Cheers and grins for Rebecca Koehn’s debut picture book After the Rain! Rebecca’s clever storytelling leaps off the page into a splashy tale of how teamwork is at the heart of friendship. A perfect read for anyone!
“One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others”—Archibald Rutledge. And…I’M HAPPY for Emily Lim-Leh! Her as-yet unpublished picture book manuscript My Grandfather’s Rojak placed in the Top 3 for the Scholastic Picture Book Award 2019.
Mary Hendrix is a gifted artist, plus a good friend and critique partner. Mary’s insight from an illustrator’s point of view is invaluable for the writers in our group. Her artistic eyes see beyond the words and in between the spaces.
I asked Mary if she would tell us how she approaches a story to bring her imagination to the page. Mary said, “Sure!” Lucky us!
Enthralled by the cover art of Brendan Wenzel’s A Stone Sat Still, I tucked his book into my arms and slipped into a library chair to read. Little did I know how much his rhyming text and mixed-media artwork would touch my heart. His simple, yet creative crafting of words rhythmically creates magical moments on each page. His talented artistry captures the passage of time as nature unfolds differently through time.