A Painting a Day: Maasai Folk Tale

For Day 6 of A Painting a Day: I painted this cover for The Lion, the Ostrich and the Squirrel, a traditional folk tale published by the Maasai Cultural Exchange Project. I learned so much illustrating on this book with my friends at MCEP, whose work helps to build wells in Kenya and pay for education of women and children in the Rift Valley there. It is typical for the grandmother in a family to gather the grandchildren under an acacia tree and tell stories, and that is the setting we chose for this story about a jealous lion, a mother ostrich and a clever squirrel. I am happy to say the book is in schools and libraries in Maasailand, and is especially useful because we have the story written in both English and Swahili. The book is available for purchase, with proceeds going to MCEP, on their site at http://www.maasaiculturalproject.org/annual/annual.html .

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