Sunday, April 5, 2015

When Books & Real Life Overlap

What Will You Be, Sara Mee? by Kate Aver Avraham, which I illustrated, was published five years ago. It tells the story of a Korean American baby's first birthday through the eyes of her older brother, Chong.

One of the most charming aspects of a traditional Korean first birthday, or tol, is the toljabee, in which objects are placed in front of the baby and the one chosen is thought to be a predictor of what the child might become.

Yesterday I got to be part of my grandson's tol. Taemin was splendid in a first birthday outfit that our daughter Yunhee's godparents, Marsha Greenberg and Steve Schuit, had brought last year from Korea.

When a table of objects was placed on the floor in front of him, Taemin practically ran to pick up the rice spoon - the sign of a chef-to-be.

What fun when an event you've illustrated comes to life!


Meredith said...

what a delight! thank you for sharing :)

Anne Sibley O'Brien said...

Thanks to you, Meridith, for reading and for commenting.