Monday, April 25, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Journey - Illustrated Friday

Journey down the hill on a snowy night...nothing better or more fun!

Just as if we are looking at a picture in an album, we celebrate several journeys this week. We are reminded of the historical journey out of slavery and of the shadow of death passing over as well as the fourteen steps made during an incredible journey leading to death on a cross. Regardless of your belief in any of these historical stories, they have all made the journey through words in many books from 7000 years ago until now...pretty impressive trip.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Lois Lowry - St. Louis County Library


Apparently, the Lois Lowry library visit was a great success. I wanted to attend but had previous family events. I must say I have only read one book of hers, The Giver. However, her style and message will stay with me forever. I will admit I did not always like the message and became a bit "put out" by her ending. Regardless of how it made me feel, it was one of the best books I ever read. I read this as an adult student earning my teaching degree as part of a children's literature class. I was completely swept up by all the surprises and enjoyed them even though my polyanna attitude of life had trouble accepting this story.

I hope those in attendance learned something from her and enjoyed her company.



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bottled - Illustration Friday

If we only could have "bottled" up Jim Croce's genius. We would truly have time in a bottle. I hear his son is a musician too and his wife runs a restaurant in San Diego in his honor. He is  missed. I also have a fascination for these cobalt blue type bottles. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Duet - Illustration Friday

The idea of a "duet" conjured up several images for me; music, friendship and symbiotic relationships. (I can thank Star Wars for introducing me to "symbiotic," think Jar Jar Binks.) ;) We all know we need each other to be in harmony but we also need lots of "duets" to survive. The sun and the moon are perfect examples and I wanted to showcase these along with my young musicians to represent "Duet" on these book covers. 

(I also just wanted to play around with designing a book cover. It turned out to be great fun.)