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Picturing New Neighbors

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Bk: I'm New Here, Bk: Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle, Bk: Path of Stars, Bk: What Will You Be, Sara Mee?, Events & Presentations , Immigration | Comments Off on Picturing New Neighbors

Picturing New Neighbors

On September 30, in the midst of torrential rains and flash flooding in the city, I still managed to get in from the island to hang an exhibit of illustrations in the Children’s Room of Portland Public Library. The exhibit, “Picturing New Neighbors,” features selected original artwork from these four books, all of which feature immigrant children: My stellar intern, Caitlyn Hubbard, made the whole day work; I never would have made it without her. Thanks, Katie! The exhibit will be up through November, and will culminate with a November 19th reception and workshop,...

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When Books & Real Life Overlap

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Bk: What Will You Be, Sara Mee?, Family & Friends | 2 comments

When Books & Real Life Overlap

What Will You Be, Sara Mee? by Kate Aver Avraham, which I illustrated, was published five years ago. It tells the story of a Korean American baby’s first birthday through the eyes of her older brother, Chong. One of the most charming aspects of a traditional Korean first birthday, or tol, is the toljabee, in which objects are placed in front of the baby and the one chosen is thought to be a predictor of what the child might become. Yesterday I got to be part of my grandson’s tol. Taemin was splendid in a first birthday outfit that our daughter Yunhee’s godparents, Marsha...

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Back to Camp

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Bk: What Will You Be, Sara Mee?, Korean Books & Culture | 4 comments

Back to Camp

Once again I spent an August week at Camp Sejong, a Korean culture camp in New Jersey, my fifth time as the Creative Writing teacher. It was such a pleasure to be back in this remarkable, multi-age Korean American community of staff, teachers (including a 13-member delegation from Ewha University in Seoul), teen and young adult counselors (including many former campers), and campers from age 7 to 15. This year the theme was Life Cycles, with a particular focus on the first and 60th birthdays. In writing sessions, we brainstormed about birthdays, birthdays and adoption (about half the campers...

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Yay

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in Bk: What Will You Be, Sara Mee? | 2 comments

Yay

                                One of my recent picture books, What Will You Be, Sara Mee? by Kate Aver Avraham, is a CCBC Choices 2011 (download here) title, one of “the best children’s and young adult books published in 2010″ in the opinion of the Cooperative Children’s Books Center.   Here’s the first character sketch I did of Sara Mee,       and here’s her brother Chong, who narrates the story.         Thanks, CCBC!...

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Catching Up

Posted by on Apr 18, 2010 in Bk: After Gandhi, Bk: What Will You Be, Sara Mee?, Diverse & Global Books | 3 comments

Catching Up

A short break from the focus on white conditioning to share some recent happenings in my publishing life:   1. NEW BOOK! What Will You Be, Sara Mee? by Kate Aver Avraham, was released in February from Charlesbridge. In it, six-year-old Korean-American Chong tells the story of his baby sister’s tol, the traditional celebration of a child’s first birthday.   I got a lot of help with visual details from my friends here in Portland, Won-Bae and Ip-bun Park of Sun Oriental Market, and their son Se-jong and his wife Ji-yun, whose daughter Chae-hee was the model for Sara Mee. Yesterday...

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