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Elizabeti and her chicken

I am a little late with this post for a very good reason. A few years ago, I was ecstatic when Christy Hale herself sent me the original of this illustration from our first book together, Elizabeti's Doll. ( There was a little barter involved...)Master of procrastination that I am, it was only a few weeks ago that I finally took it into the frame shop. And I was hoping I could take a picture of it on my wall for this post. Alas, it is not yet finished, so I scanned this from the book. It is the moment when ELizabeti finds a rock perfect enough to call her own. A moment witnessed, of course, by a wonderful chicken who becomes a silent, constant, and ever-steady presence as the story unfolds. Elizabeti's Doll was the first story I ever sold. My editor called it a "gem in the slush pile" and not one word of my manuscript was changed. ( Believe me, that never happened with any of my other books!) So perhaps it was one of those things that was meant to be. As was, I believe, Christy Hale illustrating my story.


Edie Hemingway said...

Definitely something that was "meant to be." Wonderful illustration, Stephanie and Christy!

Christy said...

Dear Stephanie,
I continue to love Eliizabeti and feel so thankful to be connected to her story. Hooray for stones for potatoes!

David LaRochelle said...

No revisions for your first story, Stephanie? Amazing! And how wonderful that you and Christy are now part of the same blog.