December Hedge a gram
It's December - the
month we think of spending time with families and loved ones. For me, it's the
time I finish my year's work, so it's a bittersweet time. Each book I think is
going to be my best, especially when I'm conceiving and planning the art. I try
my hardest but I always want it to be better than ever. When I'm putting the
final touches on the last pages of each new book in December, I know it's now or
never. I'm saving one of my pet ideas for last. Do you know what end papers are?
In my past books, they've been solid sheets of colored paper that hold the
folded and gathered pages onto the cover of the book. In the book I'm working on
now, Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve, I decided to do something different.
The night sky plays a big part in the borders of my book. You can tell what's to
come by looking at the shapes formed in the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights,
and by playing dot to dot with the stars. I thought I would paint a map of the
heavens for the endpapers, with my own made up characters in the constellations.
For thousand of years people have looked up to the sky and imagined mythological
people and animals. One such constellation is the Big Dipper or the Great Bear.
You might also know the constellation Orion. I hope nobody minds a heavenly
hedgehog, because that's what I've got planned.
Please have fun finding gifts for friends and family for your winter Holidays. Don't forget how much fun it is to make something really special yourself. If you need any ideas, please look on the Secret Santa part of my website. All the ideas and artwork there are yours to create with.
Before I go, I want to explain about my new books. Daisy Comes Home will be published in late February. I went to China with my daughter-in-law Yun Li for the research. It's working title was Happy Hens, but now we've decided to call it Daisy Comes Home. Next fall the book I'm working on now, Who's that Knocking on Christmas Eve? will be finished. Now, I'm about to start on Noah's Ark for the fall of 2003. Joe and I will be going to Botswana in Africa for the animal research! Finally, the year after that 2004, I'm planning a rain forest setting for The Mitten called The Great Green Umbrella. As you can tell, I love my work.
Bye for now,