This talented woman wrote and illustrated this children’s book of few words yet fills the pages with meaning that splashes deep. This story is held together by a friendship, but takes us through changes with unexpected outcomes. Books and stories are part of this wonderful tale, too, which makes it even more fun for this retired librarian/school teacher.
The artwork makes the tale come alive, filling the reader’s mind with emotions of these two friends and corners to be turned where change can leave us guessing at times. This book is filled with watercolors in soft and perfect shades for splashing and friends. I loved looking at the pictures for they tell the story right alongside the words.
Reading Level: 3 – 5 Years
Deborah Freedman “was an architect once-upon-a-time, but now she loves to build worlds in books. Her first picture books were tiny and hand-made, written and illustrated over twenty years ago for her own young children. Deborah became especially inspired when her girls grew old enough to draw, after they began to create fantastical beings with endearing back-stories. She began then to play with their pictures, doodling around them and developing ideas that eventually matured into her first picture book, Scribble, published by Knopf in 2007. Her second book, Blue Chicken, was released by Viking in fall 2011, to three starred reviews and other honors.
“Lost in the arts for as long as she can remember, Deborah majored in art history in college at Yale and studied architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. When she isn’t making picture books or daydreaming, she likes to wander through museums, the library, and the woods – at home in Connecticut.”
As you can see on her website, Ms. Freedman also draws and scribbles. She has fun. You can find her at her website: http://deborahfreedman.net/home.html
And here is her blog: http://deborahfreedman.wordpress.com/
- ISBN-13: 9780670784899
- Publisher: Viking Juvenile, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,
- a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, New York, NY
- Publication date: 6/13/2013
- Pages: 40
- Product dimensions: 8.90 x 10.62 (h) x 0.36 (d)
Originally published August 2013