“Acosta illustrates the tale with swirling, thick-lined tropical scenes in which form takes second place to vibrant, emphatic color. The eye-catching visuals. . . and the author’s natural-sounding language. . . make the tale a promising candidate for reading aloud.”
Booklist, October 1998
Growing up the oldest child in a family of seven children, books were my salvation. I could open a book and shut out the rest of the world. Reading was not only my way to lose myself, it led me to find myself.
As a very young child I remember staring at the images in books, imagining myself in those worlds. As I grew up, I continually read to my younger siblings, often memorizing entire books, especially my favorite Dr. Seuss titles. I feel such gratitude to the artists and writers that crafted the beautiful and expansive words and pictures that were those books. They led me to my life as an artist and writer.
Illustrating books was on my life list, and something that I enjoy doing.
When I became a mother, it was important to me to contribute to a book that would influence my daughter’s life. Susan Strauss wrote When Woman Became the Sea, a Hispanic creation story (based on myths from the indigenous people of Costa Rica), and I illustrated it. When I read my dedication of that book to my daughter I feel gratitude and pride to be a member of the group of authors and illustrators that have so positively influenced generations of children.
See my art book Paint Happy! (North Light Books ©2002, 2004) for examples of my art and instruction concepts.
To explore writing and/or illustrating your own Children’s literature check out the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators SCBWI.
When Woman Became the Sea (Beyond Words Publishing, Hillsboro, OR©1998) is out of print. You may be able to find a used copy on Amazon.