I’m happy to announce that The Eyes of India was honored with a Mom’s Choice award for Juvenile Fiction. The Mom’s Choice Awards® is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly products. This annual competition recognizes authors creating quality family-friendly products. Parents, educators, librarians and retailers rely on Mom’s Choice evaluations when selecting quality materials for children and families.
The 5th – 8th grade students from Woodlands school in Milwaukee are helping me create the illustration for my new middle-grade novel, The Eyes of India.
In The Eyes of India, the main characters come across several animals that present them with unique challenges. Each of these animals represents a negative feeling the characters are having at the time – such as fear, anger, or worry – that they have to work through. They serve as unexpected guides as they help the characters move through their journey.
Student are working with me to draw Indian-inspired designs, which will be pieced together to form 4 foot x 6 foot graphic murals in the shape of Indian animals. Currently we are working on the elephant. The elephant represents the worry that the main characters feel when they are seperated from their tour group and lost in the jungles of India. Students explored ways in which they overcome worry and then translated that solution into a symbol. The symbol is then repeated to fit into a section of the animal.
Students have been very creative exploring ways in which they overcome their worry. Some have suggested prayer, physical activity, quiet and stillness, appreciating nature, and refocusing their attention to something else.
Here are some photos of the elephant, partially covered with designs that were created by the students…