Working on this book was an amazing experience. I was initially contacted by this brand new up and coming German Publisher, Myriam Halberstam at Ariella Velag in Berlin. She had seen two other Hanukkah books that I had illustrated for Albert Whitman & Co. and really liked my style. We discussed the possibility of me illustrating the very first book for this brand new Publishing company and I became very interested after reading the story. I loved the whole theme, especially using the horse as a main character in the whimsical, dreamlike setting.
I had visited Germany two years in a row only two years ago and the memory of the setting, the people, and the general feeling of the winter holidays allowed my imagination to embrace the story visually.
The whole experience has been interesting and unexpected from beginning to end and it has been a journey that will be most memorable for me.
I hope to work with this company again and we have already discussed the possibility of a new story.
I am ever so grateful to work as a children's book illustrator and this year I have found more than ever that my love for children's illustration has brought me in many unexpected directions.