Carolyn Fisher and I visited a classroom recently and she shared the process of turning my Weeds Find a Way manuscript into a picture book — from first encounter with the manuscript to thumbnail sketches, then going over the sketches with thin paper and keeping the important lines, then making more detailed renderings of sketches (for 2 years!) then creating the illustrations on Illustrator, collaging with colors and textures she has created in her studio
A week ago, I watched a monarch butterfly lay her eggs on the milkweed in a flower box outside a classroom. Today, there are caterpillars, flowers, and seeds popping out of pods. The cycle of life happens very fast this time of year, everything happening at once.