ELEPHANT’S STORY…a new book an Elephant head to BEA…

ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

ELEPHANT’S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013 ISBN 978-0-374-39913-9

My new book , ELEPHANT’S STORY, published by Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux (BYR), will be available in October  2013. I will join him at BEA in NYC. He will still be in F&G form….but he can’t wait to get out into the world. So…off he goes to the big city.
He now has his own book page on my website: http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/books/elephant.html

Elephant has his own blog!
http://elephantstoryblog.com
I will help him post “everything elephant”….starting with images of elephants. I have stumbled upon many since the day I decided to write this book. The blog will have sketches, activities for the book and…well….everything elephant…keep checking.

I will be at the Silent Auction and Sendak Memorial Auction at the Javits Center in NYC. I have two pieces of artwork in the auction:

Gracie reading Where The Wild Things Are to Elephant-original watercolor for The Sendak Memorial at the 19th Annual Children's Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers May 29 at Book Expo America

Gracie reading Where The Wild Things Are to Elephant-original watercolor for The Sendak Memorial at the 19th Annual Children’s Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers May 29 at Book Expo America

Bob Scared digital signed print donated to the 19th Annual Children's Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers at the 2013 Book Expo America

Bob Scared digital signed print donated to the 19th Annual Children’s Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers at the 2013 Book Expo America

See my earlier post on April 26th for details: http://tcpearson.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/sendak-memorial-annual-childrens-book-silent-auction-at-bea-2013/

I am including a link to the auction site…a lot of wonderful art has been donated by a group of amazing artists…it is an honor to be part of the event…hope to see you there…if not…they are having an on-line auction as well!
http://abffesilentauction.wordpress.com/about/

I’m sure I will have lots of new sketches to post when I return from NY….not just subways….but think of all the people arriving at the Javits Center…I can’t wait…I may have to pick up an extra sketchbook on my way into the city!…tcp

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More Concert Sketches…

 

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Bob’s Birthday Bash!!!…a party for a very special rooster!…

Thank you to all who came out to celebrate Bob’s 10th birthday!  (Bob was published in 2002. Really…he has been in print for 11 years…but Bob waited patiently for his party while I finished Elephant’s Story.)

Kids, their parents and grandparents gathered as feathers flew and wires wiggled! Even parents glued, colored, created Bob crowns, posters…all sorts of Bob art. Everyone added birthday wishes to Bob’s big card.

A BIG THANK YOU  to Natalie, for bringing the star of the party, BOB the chicken! ( named after Bob.)  Bob was the star of the party!

Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Bob…before we paraded to the village green.

It was a lovely day for Bob’s story walk …run, skip, hop..around green. The children called out, “Where’s Emily?…and Emily guided us to the next tree and the next “page” of the book…then back to the Community Center for cake.

A special thanks to Phoenix Books for sponsoring Bob’s Party….for turning out in force and helping out with the feathers and glue. A special thanks to Colleen and Beth for making it happen….Colleen ran around like a chicken gathering eggs…feathers…party favors, crafts…and the cake…yum!…and deserves her very own Bob crown!

Happy Birthday, Bob!!…mooo….wooof…and cock-a-doodle-dooooo!….tcp

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Sendak Memorial Annual Children’s Book Silent Auction at BEA 2013

Gracie reading Where The Wild Things Are to Elephant-original watercolor for The Sendak Memorial at the 19th Annual Children's Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers May 29 at Book Expo America

Gracie reading  The Wild Things to Elephant–watercolor, ink and Mozart–for The Sendak Memorial at the 19th Annual Children’s Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers at Book Expo America

Gracie and Elephant fell out of my pen and landed on the page…much like they did in their book. I thought about Maurice often while I was making the book, Elephant’s Story. I was a student of Maurice’s in the 70’s.

The book was drawn to Stan Getz and Miles Davis. However, this piece of art is for Maurice…It was drawn to Mozart.

I am happy that it will be part of the Sendak Memorial.

Bob Scared digital signed print donated to the 19th Annual Children's Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers at the 2013 Book Expo America

Bob Scared digital signed print by Tracey Campbell Pearson donated to the 19th Annual Children’s Book Silent Auction-Supporting Free Speech Rights for Young Readers at the 2013 Book Expo America

I am also donating a signed digital print (100% rag paper) from my book Bob published 2002 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. I have been asked again and again for prints from Bob. I’m sorry I am not more organized and do not remember who you are! Finally I made this print for the auction. Maybe you will be at the Silent Auction at the Javits Center in NYC on May 29th? It is for a great cause. Bob is happy he can be there.

I am including a link to the auction site…a lot of wonderful art has been donated by a group of amazing artists…it is an honor to be part of the event…hope to see you there…if not…they are having an on-line auction as well…..tcp http://abffesilentauction.wordpress.com/about/

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Poem for April Fools…

Poem for April Fools Day...Ladles and Jelly Spoons.

Poem for April Fools Day…Ladles and Jelly Spoons.

April is poetry month.

I found my copy of A ROCKET IN MY POCKET. The book was first published over 60 years ago. (It is older than me!…but I bet you can still find a copy in your library.) This was the first book I bought for myself from a school book fair when I was little. It is filled with poems rhymes and chants…many of them are very silly.

Here is a favorite poem that I memorized and would recite to myself and to everyone and anyone that came along…

Ladles and jelly spoons:
I come before you
To stand behind you
And tell you something
I know nothing about.

Next Thursday,
Which is Good Friday,
There’ll be a mothers’ meeting
For fathers only.

Wear your best clothes
If you haven’t any,
And if you can come
Please stay at home.

Admission is free;
Pay at the door.
Take a seat
And sit on the floor.

It makes no difference where you sit;
The man in the gallery is sure to spit.

Happy April Fools Day!

Find a silly poem and share it with a friend.

or borrow this one…enjoy…tcp

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Drawing Class…

drawing the folks drawing in drawing class...

drawing the folks drawing in drawing class…

Sometimes it is as much fun drawing the folks in a drawing class as it is drawing the model! It is great to be back drawing in a life drawing class. It is a drop in class in Burlington, VT.  No instructor. A model. Artists who are drawing just to draw.

It’s a nice change of pace…getting a warning before the model gets up and walks away….that doesn’t happen when I am drawing on the subway!…tcp

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School visit with Allen Brook Elementary…

Letters from Ms. Herbert's 1st and 2nd graders

Letters from Ms. Herbert’s 1st and 2nd graders

Signed picture from Mrs. Thyng's class.

Signed picture from Mrs. Thyng’s class.

Yesterday…I had a great day visiting with 1st and 2nd grade students and teachers at Allen Brook School in Williston, VT….What a great school! Thank you Synergy and Harmony!

It was fun spending the day with you and having a conversation about books with such a great group of young authors and artists.

It was fun for me to be able to watch you create your own dummies! Your pigs were clearly having a blast flying over Vermont and beyond….into outer space….over castles…around New York City….and on and on.

Thank you to Mrs. Thing’s class for the signed picture with the wonderful drawings you made of the characters in my books!

Thank you to Ms. Herbert’s 1st and 2nd graders for the lovely letters telling me what you learned from our time together.

Here is what I learned from what Ms. Herbert’s students learned:

FROM AVA:  “…you can get ideas from your family and friends”– Ava’s favorite book is THE HOWLING DOG

FROM LINDSEY: “…How it felt to be an author and illustrator….you can create stories from anything or anywhere…you create the cover last”–Lindsey’s favorite books–BOB & THE HOWLING DOG

FROM OWEN: “…thank you for teaching all that you know…your are the best writer and illustrator in the world. I know it takes a lot of work to do.”

FROM JAYDEN: “…you can draw anywhere.”–Owen’s favorite book–MYRTLE

FROM PARKER: “…the more you draw the better you get. You are a great author.”–Parker’s favorite book–WHERE DOES JOE GO?–I also learned from Parker how to find Ms. Beeken, the art teacher..(who taught at my children’s school when they were young.) Thank you. I am sure I would have gotten lost–I have no sense of direction! 

FROM ANNA. A.: “…I like art too…” Anna’s favorite book–MYRTLE

FROM KARINA: “…learned a lot” Including, “… You create stories anytime, anywhere about anything….you practiced drawing on buses, on subways and anywhere!..” Karina’s favorite book–BOB–Favorite page–when the owl says “Whooo? Whooo? Whooo?”

FROM TARIK: “…loved reading BOB it was amusing and funny…that you use watercolor..” Tarik’s favorite book BOB

FROM PEYTON: “…to fill whole pages with details. I always create the cover last.”

FROM JULIA: “…that presentation out in the cafeteria was so wonderful…learned so much…like you can get stories from anywhere.” Julia is “writing a book about lady bugs and the little boy’s name is joe.”  Julia’s favorite book–BOB (which she has at her house)

FROM MONTANA: “…that you create stories for your books from anything or anywhere and you create your cover after you finished your book…” Montana’s favorite book–WHERE DOES JOE GO?

FROM SLOANE: “…that you create stories from anywhere…that you fill the whole page with details…” Sloane’s favorite book–WHERE DOES JOE GO?

FROM KEEGAN: “…create your cover last…” Keegan’s favorite book –BOB

FROM JADEN: “…you draw fast…liked learning a bout you…”

Thank you, again! It was a great day.

Keep reading, writing and drawing.

Mud season in Vermont is a perfect time to….

Grab some paper.

Fold it.

Staple it.

Pick up a pencil.

Make a book.

Read a book.

Have Fun!….tcp

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SPRING…IN VERMONT!

Spring arrived here in Vermont with fresh snow!

I found this silly diddy called “SPRING” in an old sketchbook …very old…I wrote this on March 12, 1984.

Even if today’s weather is the same as it was 29 years ago…and I think that would be a good thing…I hope my work has changed and I have grown as an author and artist since 1984…there is a ton more to learn…However, it does look like I was better at dating my sketchbooks back then.

Ahhh…Something to work on for the next 30 years…my organizational skills. I’ll begin with “Spring Cleaning” my studio.

Will a clean & organized studio make me a better artist?

Maybe not.

But I wonder what else I might find in my piles?….happy first day of spring…tcp

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New York Sketches and Moomintrolls…

Speaking of Moomintrolls and keeping with the theme from my last post…
… here is a quote by the author of the Moomintroll books:

“One summer morning at sunrise a long time ago
I met a little girl with a book under her arm.
I asked her why she was out so early and
she answered that there were too many books and
far too little time. And there she was absolutely right.”
― Tove Jansson

Brunch at the Scandinavia House in NYC…no sketchbook required!
Brunch…playtime…and Moomintrolls…
(if you forget your pen…ask for crayons)

Tables with brown paper…surrounded by grandparents…toddlers…even 20 somethings out on the town…

…pen in hand

…belly full

…Moomintrolls upstairs

…I am happy.

The Scandinavia House has so much to offer…(I have included a link below to their website…check it out)

You do not have to travel far to meet a Moomintroll…

…visit your local library…but…

WARNING!!!..reading these books will send you to your local bookstore…
these books are keepers! (books that beg to be read again and again…at any age..)

9780312608897

Here is the link to my publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux…and the US publisher of these books…I am so thankful they’re still in print!…for over 40 years!

…a goal to work towards
…to be in print 40 years
…I am 56
…Elephant’s Story comes out Fall 2013
…I’ll be 96!

“I ONLY WANT TO LIVE IN PEACE AND PLANT POTATOES AND DREAM!”
― Tove JanssonMoomin, Vol. 1

…keep dreaming…enjoy the links…tcp

http://us.macmillan.com/finnfamilymoomintroll/ToveJansson

http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/events_kids_upcoming.html#playtimewithhildur

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