I like rainbows and I like birds. Put the two together and you’re bound to get something just like author/illustrator Margaret Peot’s beautiful, vibrant-colored crow in her “I Like to Read” picture book Crow Made a Friend, published this year by Holiday House.
The story is sweet and simple. It’s about a lonely crow who literally tries to make a friend, first from leaves and sticks and then from snow. He soon learns that there’s nothing better than a real friend, except maybe a family.
The pen, ink and watercolor illustrations are charming and each one features our new rainbow-hued feathered friend. Margaret Peot stopped by Frog on a Blog to share with us the origin story of her lovely early reader picture book Crow Made a Friend along with a few other beautiful birds.
The Origin Story of the Early Reader Picture Book CROW MADE A FRIEND
by Margaret Peot
Crows have fascinated me since I was a kid, and appear everywhere in my artwork. I have made drawings of them, paintings, woodcuts, stencils, even crow rubber stamps, so they can fly through whatever painted landscapes I make!
I love stories about crows and their antics—how smart they are, the trouble they get into, the problems they can solve. There are Aesop’s fables of various Crow adventures, Native American stories of trickster Crows, beautiful Mughal miniatures where a Crow appears speaking at a Conference of the Birds. Crows make appearances in my woodcuts often:
The ability of crows to sort out the solutions to various problems got me thinking about illustrating a picture book of a Crow making a friend—really MAKING a friend out of whatever materials were around. This was my first try, a woodcut crow making friends with shapes:
Then I decided that I wanted Crow to make friends out of real things from his world, sticks, leaves, a crab apple, and snow. And that idea turned into the watercolor and ink paintings in Crow Made a Friend, an I Like to Read picture book from the wonderful publisher Holiday House.
Thanks Frog on a Blog!
Thank you, Margaret, for sharing your fantastic art with us! You’re an incredibly talented and versatile artist.
To connect with Margaret and learn more about her art and her books, check out her terrific website: http://www.margaretpeot.com/
You’ll find some fun free activity sheets there too!
You can connect with her here too:
Take some time to visit the other stops on the tour:
Monday, November 2nd: West Metro Mommy Reads
Tuesday, November 3rd: Books, Babies, and Bows
Wednesday, November 4th: Kid Lit Reviews
Thursday, November 5th: Randomly Reading
Monday, November 9th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, November 10th: Frog on a Blog
Wednesday, November 11th: Here Wee Read
Friday, November 13th: Picture Books Help Kids Soar
Monday, November 16th: Under My Apple Tree
Tuesday, November 17th: TinkerLab
Wednesday, November 18th: Birdhouse Books
Thursday, November 19th: Sweet Southern Home