So many adoption picture books are so focused on the feelings of parents that one wonders who they're really for. Not this one. Goyangi Means Cat is uSo many adoption picture books are so focused on the feelings of parents that one wonders who they're really for. Not this one. Goyangi Means Cat is unwavering in its focus on the child protagonist and her journey. The result is a powerful, beautiful book....more
The latest book in the Writing Life Series is now available! Write more and worry less with practical, down-to-earth strategies for living a creativeThe latest book in the Writing Life Series is now available! Write more and worry less with practical, down-to-earth strategies for living a creative life. This book is gleaned from more than twenty years of experience writing, with all the ups and downs that go with that, and is also the subject of one of my most popular talks. Here are a couple excerpts:
“Writing—or doing anything else we love—is often hard work, and that work means we can forget, far too easily, why we started writing in the first place. We can lose the very joy that set us down this path. Remembering to have fun—remembering to write towards our own personal awesome—can help bring that joy back.”
“Sometimes we need our doubts. Doubts can be a signal that something is wrong, a cue that it’s time to look deeper in order to revisit or improve some aspect of our writing. Doubts can serve us as writers when we use them as an impetus to seek out their source and make our work better. But doubts can also become a sort of background noise of insecurity and fear. They can turn into something that paralyzes us instead of empowering us.”
“Anything that makes the work better increases the chances an audience will connect with it. Looked at that way, taking risks—rather than being an impractical and foolhardy act—might be the one of the most practical and business-savvy things we can do.”
Doing What You Love is available wherever ebooks are sold.
Find out more about the Writing Life Series at http://simner.com/writinglife/ -- and hey, if you buy both books in the series together by the end of July, I'll also send you a free copy of my creepy short story "Drawing the Moon." Message me for details!...more
A wonderfully inclusive family story that never makes a point of being inclusive, but lets it show through in the fabulous illustrations. I keep tryinA wonderfully inclusive family story that never makes a point of being inclusive, but lets it show through in the fabulous illustrations. I keep trying to return this to the library and failing. Since I'm now out of renewals, it's clearly past time to buy a copy of my own....more
Mister Seahorse is an ordinary (if colorful and beautifully drawn) seahorse who is just a little too impressed with himself and his fellow male fish fMister Seahorse is an ordinary (if colorful and beautifully drawn) seahorse who is just a little too impressed with himself and his fellow male fish for taking care of their kids.
He even goes so far as to comment on how another male fish is doing a fine job "babysitting" his children, apparently unaware it's not babysitting when a father takes care of his own kids, any more than it is when a mother does. It's simply parenting.
And then at the end Mister Seahorse, now a proud father himself, essentially says, okay, I love you kids, but now that I'm done giving birth to you and all it's time for you to be on your own. I'm trying to picture an animal mother in a picture book saying this out loud without being judged pretty harshly.
It's cool that male seahorses give birth, and there are far too few picture books that show daddies (human or animal) taking care of their children. And this book, like all of Eric Carle's work, is gorgeous. But I was left with the uncomfortable feeling that the words I'd just read quietly supported the too-common notion that when fathers do the basic work of parenting, this is somehow extraordinary, rather than as (beautifully) ordinary as it is for mothers....more