I love children’s books mainly for the illustrations, it’s always an added bonus when there’s a great story too or better yet that it comes with a music CD like, On the Day You Were Born.
Debra Frasier is both author and illustrator;
I write and illustrate books full-time. My pictures are collages, so I am still putting bits of things together, just as I did as a young girl. I usually write the text first, and then create the pictures.
This is very helpful to know when you would like to explain the bold and colourful shapes on each page. Frasier is sincere about making the book work for you, encouraging both parent and child to get involved through documenting and creating a book of your own, about YOU, On the Day You Were Born. (click on the title of the book and download a detailed session oriented guideline of making your own book.)
Other than the great art, Frasier’s story is about nature, the earth and all the creatures that make up our environment, gradually you (the birth of you) are added into it. The story builds on the scientific knowledge of the atmosphere; the North Pole and the night sky to the “moon which pulled on the ocean below”. Elementary science and art class would work well with this book.
The CD is the story being read by Frasier and an up beat almost background music imitating the wind and waves by Matthew Smith, song sung by Sara Brown.
Looking for more ideas on art with cut outs and design meet Henri Matisse.Joan Miro is another artist that was bold with shapes, writers and poets incorporate this style of art in their teachings inspired by Miro.