Elephant’s story began with a missed call and a message on my phone from a librarian and friend. (I was at the Tomi Ungerer Show at the Eric Carle Museum. The message contained…literacy…logo…elephant.)
Elephant landed in my studio when I wasn’t looking. He wrote his own story. He was a joy to draw and paint.
I played Stan Getz and Miles Davis in my studio while Elephant and Gracie danced across my drawing table. I was just along for the ride.
When I finished the book I found an old family photo. There I was. Gracie’s age. I was holding my favorite book, THE ART OF EL GRECO. I loved that book and took it with me everywhere. I thought the Cardinal in red was Santa.
I lost the book. It was never found.
After 30 years of making books…I have not let a publisher put my picture on a flap since my first book...Here is the picture of me holding my book with my dad.
It is on the flap of Elephant’s Story:
Elephant’s Story is coming this FALL 2013!
Published by Margaret Ferguson Books by Farrar, Straus, Giroux
I hope you have as much fun with him as I have….tcp
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