Behind the Story This project was inspired by my volunteer trip to Costa Rica. I didn't blend in while I was in Costa Rica. It reminded me of growing up as one of those awkward kids who never really seems to fit in.
While I was traveling, I thought a lot about the differences that build walls between people. When I first saw a sloth I thought, "WOW, I've never seen such an odd animal!"
So I decided to use the sloth character in my first children's book. I wasn't sure how to create a children's book, so I did my research. I decided I would self publish and funded my project through Kickstarter. View the Kickstarter »
The Story The star of my book is Ana, a sloth who is born with no toes. This flat-footed sloth shocks all the other sloths who have only ever known of sloths with two or three toes.
Ana keeps her spirits high. The other sloths sleep & hang from the trees, but not Ana. Ana can't just hang around, so she becomes strong. In the end, it's Ana's strength that saves the rainforest.
Large, colorful & unique illustrations created with chalk pastels on paper. Each original drawing is 18"x24" and was downscaled & cropped to fit the printed book.