Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Blur *IF

I don't know if the whimsy lettering counts toward the word "blur", but the premise of "confusion" in the letter to Santa Claus lends well to the way that he brings things into focus.

“All I want for Christmas is to nreal how to reab!”

“Can you reab what I reab?”, is an inspirational holiday poem that resonates with struggling readers, teachers and parents alike as it follows one boy’s magical journey into literacy. The poem is published in Reading Today and in the book, Christmas Miracles (St. Martin’s Press). The author, Madeleine M. Kuderick, has also been invited to present a live reading at the International Reading Association’s Southeast Regional Conference: Liberty through Literacy, November 2009.

I too was inspired by Madeleine’s poem and created this illustration to celebrate the event. Sometimes stories like these take on a life of their own, therefore I thought a picture book moment would capture her words nicely. Or perhaps release the words, finally, as would be the Christmas wish of this special boy.

To read more, go to my links to visit Madeleine's website.


Loni Edwards said...

I love the gold tones in this piece. You really captured the candlelight well!

k.h.whitaker said...

I really love your work.

Farik Osman said...

WOW! That's all I can say.

Shirley said...

Anne, this is such a beautiful illustration to commemorate the poem. It's a truly magical piece...and I love your characters and lettering skills. You are truly talented!

Julie Hammond said...

great Santa! Your work always has such magic!

Jessie said...

This picture looks so magical and chrismassy! :)