If I had influence with the good fairy, who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things artificial, and the alienation from the sources of our strength.” -- Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder
FOR ALL THE ANIMALS
For All The Animals was written with all living creatures in mind. It's the first in a series of children's books devoted to inspiring children to get outdoors and explore the wonder of nature. It's illustrated with my photography, and my photography-inspired artwork of animals, birds, and insects.
The book's layout has a scrapbook feel where each page tells a tiny story of a moment in time about my connection with my adorable subjects, and shares personal tidbits combined with fun facts. It's intended to be an interactive book between adults and children. I want the adults in children's lives to nourish their wonder and encourage them to love learning throughout their lives. Adults will likely discover something they didn't know about an animal while reading this with their children.
All the images on the cover come from my photographs. The elk was bugling with a herd of winter elk on the western slope of Colorado. The Sandhill Crane was migrating north and stopped over in Monte Vista in the spring. The "blue" bird was in my yard. The moon was full over the mountains where I camped out one night. The bear was taken at the Wildlife Sanctuary in northern Colorado.