Happy Earth Day!

In the spirit of the day, here is a great link to a new children's book on the subject of recycling and reuse. Check out Anna Alter's new book, What Can you Do With an old Red Shoe?



Sno-Isle Kids

Recently, I helped the Sno-Isle Library System (north of Seattle) to redesign their Kids page. For the most part, this meant creating a mascot of sorts, and then lots and lots of otter drawings :) Check it out and let me know what you think. I'll be making a few coloring pages for their summer reading enjoyment as well.


Zina in 3-D

My daughter and I did a little sculpting recently. She made flowers, and I made a penguin. Then she flew the coop... or waddled off to a excellent new home anyway :)


Polar Polka Makes a Splash!

Chérie Stihler, the author behind Polar Polka, has been sending me lots of publicity updates. Good news all around!

First, it appears that the book is on a tentative list for the 2009-2010 Alaska Battle of the Books. Subject to certain "verifications of supply" kids k-2 all across the great Alaskan frontier will get a chance to count some bears and look for lemmings :)

Second, the BP World Ice Art Championships Multi-Block Classic in Fairbanks featured a very Polar Polkaesque saxaphone playing bear. The carving's official name was: "50th Celebration by the Sourdough Band". It took 4th place in Realistic and was the Artists Choice Award winner in the Realistic Category. Congrats to the carvers. Extra cool: this sculpting team was from China!

Apparently, there is a time-lapse video of the carving here. I haven't seen it because my internet connection is far from adequate. Enjoy at your own risk!