filed under: art, food, for kids, illustration, words
beloved readers, you may find the little snippets about my life to be a tad dull, but hey, for me this is a creative outlet and a place to seek inspiration and a space to get personal. is that not the essence of the interweb? anyway, today i will tell you that when i was a youngster, i went to a small school where i was the only asian kid. in the whole school. and i can’t really even call myself asian, i am a halfsie pacific islander, being a happy-go-lucky filipino half the time!Â knowing i was the only one there made it a surreal experience at times, especially when kids would try and guess what nationality i was. i wonder if the reactionÂ would have been the same ifÂ this wonderful illustrated book fromÂ colorado artist anna woltzÂ had been available then. anna has created a playful soft cover illustrated book and toddler tees which feature a multicultural culinary alphabet lesson for her company, wondertoast. check it out:
i think this is such a terrific way to engage a child’s curiosity while educating them about food and other cultures. maybe if these had been around back in the day, i wouldn’t have been bombarded with that pesky “are you hawaiian?” question all the time. and i actually think the whole alphabetÂ featured as aÂ fun oversized print would be a marvelous piece of art in a kid’s room, or anyone’s kitchen for that matter.
thank you so much for the photos, anna!