This illustrated story was inspired by the first time I took my daughter to Brighton Beach. Brighton Beach is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, which is mostly Russian. It is truly amazing to see how kids get so excited when they experience something new. That sense of wonder is so contagious and you feel yourself being transformed by it also. To see things through their eyes it’s like experiencing them in a whole new way. It is simply wonderful and amazing.
It was a magical evening. And I had to illustrated it as soon as possible. I wanted to capture as much detail as possible about our fun night. And every time I read this story to her the magic of the night comes back.
The power of a drawing is astonishing. For me a drawing can capture a feeling of a moment while photograph just touches the outer surface.