When I was visiting my parents on Long Island the other week, we woke to discover that we were snowed in - a common occurrence lately! As I prepared my breakfast, my dad excitedly approached me with an original concept for a children's book; an idea that had come to him over night! "I could write the story and you could do the illustrations! What do you think, Mouse?" ("Mouse" is my dad's nickname for me from many moons ago). Since his idea was awesome and I've always wanted to write a children's book, was immediately sold. Undoubtedly it will take us a while, but I have faith that we'll get it done...one day.
That same day, the Spondylitis Association coincidentally posted this news story about Jeff and Katherine - a father-daughter team - that recently published a children's book titled Henry & the Bee (What are the odds?). The story is about a dog named Henri whose dream takes readers on a cross-country adventure in search of a sweet treat. Henri is accompanied by a friendly bee and together they enjoy life’s special moments. As you can tell from these few photos, the story is beautifully illustrated with vibrant colors and is available as a storybook or a calendar.
To Jeff and Katherine: I want to say a tremendous thank you for all of your work and for caring enough to use your beautiful book for good. The Spondylitis Association and all of the patients it benefits (myself included) are all better for it! Good luck - Henri & the Bee is sure to be a success!