My name is Cait. I am 13
years old. I have two sisters and two cats. I greatly enjoy art (both
graphic and regular). I was so happy to help illustrate the books. I
can't wait to see the finished copies. it would be nice to finally meet
the author of the book. I really hope she will continue writing these
stories so that we can keep illustrating them.
Hi. My name is Alex. My
favorite things to do are cheerleading, swimming, biking and running.
I'm in 6th grade and 11-years-old. Illustrating this book was a great
experience. Doing the paintings was fun. At times doing the paintings
was hard, but then it got easier. I thought the stories were good for
children. It was fun to listen to the stories. My favorite story was
Queen Anne's Lace. Now I feel really special to know my paintings are in
a book. I can't wait until the book comes out. When the book comes out I
will buy one. I would love to meet the author one day. It would be
great. I would like to do this again.
Hello! My name is Paige.
I'm 12-years-old and I'm in 6th grade. I go to school at Four Winds
Waldorf School in Warrenville. I have two brothers, Andrew 15, and Kyle,
16. I love to play sports like softball, swim team and kickball. I was
flattered when you asked our class to illustrate your book. Today I was
so happy to hear that two of my paintings were selected for your first
book. Every new story got better and better. I hope to draw more
pictures for you some day. I wish I could meet you while we're in Iowa
for a feild trip. Thank you for letting us paint for you.
Hi! My name is Joey
DuRocher. I have been going to this school all my life. I love sports,
stories, and shopping. Yes, I am a 13-year-old boy. At first I was very
honored and excited about being part of your book. While we were
painting I would feel very nervous. I wanted my paintings to be selected
so I had a hard time doing my very best work. After a while it became
easier and I became less nervous when painting. In the end, I was very
glad to have done this. It was a great privilege to work for you. I hope
that one day I will be able to meet you, the author. I am looking
forward to seeing the finished book. I think your stories are very good
To make the paintings,
first we heard these amazing stories. Then we imagined what scene spoke
to us the most. After that we sketched it out, then we painted. My name
is Holly Beverly. I am 11-years-old. I love to paint, go shopping,
listen to music, hang out with friends, and hang our with family, But I
do gymnastics a lot. I feel like a famous illustrator having this
wonderful opportunity to paint. When I heard that two of my paintings
were in one of the books, I felt so special. I have not met the author
yet but I would love to.
Hi. My name is Shannon. I
like to horseback ride, Irish dance and play soccer. I also play the
viola but sometimes I don't like to play it because you have to practice
so much. I'm 12-years-old and in 6th grade at Four Winds Waldorf
School. I was so excited when we were asked to illustrate a book. I was
really worried that I was not good enough for my paintings to get
selected. It sometimes was challenging for me to put the story into a
picture. It was a great experience and I can't wait to see whose
paintings have been selected. I feel really special that I got to do
Hello, my name is Zac Page.
I have a younger brother, and an older sister. I have a white goat, a
horse, a pony, a cat and a German Shepherd. I like to read and be
outside. I am 12-years-old and in 6th grade. I had fun painting the
pictures for the books. I liked the story of Cattails and Bindweed. I
felt very honored when the author kept giving me stories to paint about.
I would really like to meet the author and I feel really honored and
special to have illustrated the books.
Hi! My name is Taryn. I'm
13-years-old and I go to Four Winds Waldorf School. I live in Aurora,
Illinois. I was born in Virginia and I'm 1/4 Phillipine. I've also been
to six different countries. I liked illustrating a book because I think
it is cool to see my paintings published. I felt excited when my
teacher, Mrs. Power, told us we were going to illustrate children's
books. I also felt challenged when Mrs. Power first told us about it. I
was very surprised about how easy it was! The hard part was thinking of
something to paint. I personally liked the story called "Chamomile". I
think it would be fun to do more illustrations for books. Now that I
know the book is coming out soon, I'm even more excited that I was
before. I am so happy that my paintings were selected. I feel very
special knowing that my paintings are in the books. I think it would be
so totally awesome to meet the author!
Hi, my name is Karim. I am
13-years-old and have three brothers. Their names are Ali, Adam, and
baby Zak. Little Zak is so cute and is 1-year-old. When our teacher said
that we would illustrate a book, I was like no way. I was scared and it
consisted of me saying, "my paintings are going to be horrible." or,
"what is she thinking about ME painting!" After I finished and got the
most paintings in the class published in a book I almost fainted. It was
a good experience and it improved my comprehension and understanding of
I really liked giving my paintings to the author and her giving money
to the school. It also overwhlemed me when you thought my paintings were
good. I hope one day I could do this again. My teacher fosters my
awareness of doing my best and it worked. I look forward to meeting the
author. She sounds like an interesting person and I love surprises.
Hi. My name is Izzy
Marcelo. I am 13-years-old and in 7th grade. I have two brothers. I was
born in New Jersey and came to Illinois when I was 2-years-old. I love
to draw, paint, listen to music, play soccer, and dance. When our
teacher told my class we would be illustrating a book I was amazed.
Doing the paintings at first it was easier but towards the end it got
harder to think of things to paint. When I heard we were getting paid I
was shocked. Some of my paintings were not to the best of my ability. I
did not have a favorite story. They were all good! Now that I know it is
going to be published soon, it is very exciting to know that one or
more of mine are in the book. I can not wait to see the finished book.
It would also be very nice to meet the author.
Bijan Jafari, Elijah Potokar, Matt Leuer & Diane Power