"The Courtesan", a sculpture by Dan Fletcher
My son has had a fascination with the Japanese culture his entire life. It started with Yu-Gi-Oh cards in elementary school, which turned into him researching the possibility of becoming a Japanese exchange student during high school, to majoring for a year in Japanese which included learning the language when he was a sophomore in college. Through his passion for the orient, I developed a love for the culture as well and it serves to provide me with today's word as I think of my writing.
Washi literally means Japanese paper and it is more about the tradition of creating that paper with one's own hands. The paper is made from plant fibers and is used in everything from sculptures and clothing to toys or furniture. Washi is stronger than regular paper and it makes me think of how I want my writing to be. Strong. Beautiful. A creation of my own hands to share with the world. Washi has been around for centuries...my stories should be so lucky...
Wild About Books
Written by: Judy Sierra
Illustrated by: Marc Brown
ISBN: 10 037582538
Teaser: The animals at a local zoo are inspired by the bookmobile parked nearby. Soon, the animals are trying very creative ways to get their own books. But what will the animals do once they get their paws on them?