Monday, April 8, 2013

Growth, Spring, Book! by Kimberly Gee

I had a post all ready to go about growth, our theme of the month,- complete with a new illo (very cute...I’ll share later...), but I find I’m in the mood to talk a bit about my friend and fellow 2010 SCBWI Mentee, Eliza Wheeler

Eliza Wheeler reading Miss Maple's Seeds at Skylight Books. She is accompanied by her husband, Adam. 


Yesterday, I went to the launch party of Eliza’s new book, Miss Maple’s Seeds (Nancy Paulsen/Penguin Books, 2013), which is why I have Eliza on my mind. Eliza, has fresh and tangible proof of author/illustrator growth...a new book! Miss Maple’s Seeds is a delightful story about...nurturing growth! How perfect. I just had to tie this event in with the theme of the month.

Our primary job, as author/illustrators as far as I can tell,  is to be like Miss Maple,- the nurturing mother to our ideas, (our seeds), believing in their potential, scrubbing them up, releasing them in the world. Some will take root and grow... just as Eliza’s did.

 Get the book, summary won’t do the book justice. But believe me, it’s a perfect and beautiful metaphor for creative growth.  

Congratulations, Eliza! We can't wait to hear all about it from your perspective.

1 comment:

  1. Kimberly - what a treat to have you there, and what a lovely post! The amount of support I have from the illustration community is just mind boggling. It was wonderful to share it with you, and now thank you for sharing this wonderful night with everyone else! I'm so, so grateful.