Dan has been called in to the hospital and the boys are all finally asleep. During his "stay up time", Griff and I read one of the books he chose at the library on Tuesday. I thought I would share it with you both because it's a beautiful newish book, and because of the journey on which it sent us.
The book is The Little Red Fish, the first picture book written by illustrator Taeeun Yoo. It has a simple story told without many words - JeJe visits his grandfather's library and has a brief, fantastical adventure concerning his pet fish. It is a little book, but the etchings make it deep and rich.
With the book in my lap, I didn't notice the effect of the moonlight in this illustration, and will have to show it to Griff again in the morning.
Dan has introduced me to the habit of reading the names of the authors and illustrators of books to the kids. It initially felt awkward, but I liked the idea of the boys getting an idea of who these people are, and often Griff and I end up going on a Google adventure to find out more about them. Tonight, Griff asked if the author, Taeeun Yoo, was from China, because the name sounded Chinese to him. I told him that the name (male? female?) did seem like it had Asian roots, but that I did not know which Asian language Yoo comes from, or where this particular author was born and grew up. To the internet, Batman!
We discovered that Taeeun Yoo lives in New York City and earned a MFA there, but at the time, I could not find more biographical information for her, just her education and photo. We chatted about New York and I zoomed slowly in from the world map to the USA, to the Eastern seaboard. I showed him how I-95 goes up through Richmond, then DC, then Baltimore, through the top of Delaware, up through Philadelphia and Trenton and then to NYC. We talked about how long it would take to get there from here, and then zoomed in some more to see how the city is on an island. I showed him the island where the Statue of Liberty is and he asked if you can go there, so we looked at the ferry route. We zoomed waayyyyy in on the satellite version of Google Maps and saw the actual statue and water and buildings. Then we checked the National Parks website to see if we could go up inside the statue these days (you can). From there we ended up planning things to do on a trip to NYC. I'd love to take him there.
After tucking him in to bed, I searched a little more and discovered a more complete bio for Ms. Yoo, including the fact Griff originally wanted to know - that she was born and raised in Korea. More to share - and research! - in the morning.