I’m having a yard sale today and tomorrow (just finished with today’s, in fact), and I am exhausted and sweaty and generally unable to string words into a pineapple. I mean sentence.
However, I just wanted to share the gorgeous work of my neighbor-lady, J. Asher Clark, whose children’s book Little Pig Dream Big is available here: http://www.settlepubhouse.com/index.html She stopped by the sale today (and bought a rug!), and we got to chatting about the publishing industry.
Little Pig Dreams Big is about–get this–teaching children fiscal responsibility. Adorable fiscal responsibility. Clark’s illustrations are beautifully photographed mixed-media collages that reminded me of Depression-era patchwork quilts. The art is unusual, and the story, told in rhyme, is a great read along for adults with young children. As we were chatting at the yard sale today, Ms. Clark told me that she doesn’t believe in talking down to children, and her writing reflects that. While some parents might be shy of the somewhat advanced vocabulary, she urges them to use any unfamiliar words as teaching opportunities. Her website also has additional resources, recommended reading, and an audio version.