|Cover Art: Olivia McGiff|
The book is an eclectic collection of artwork, photography and children's writing designed to promote storytelling through writing, drawing and conversation. The components of narrative stories (e.g. setting, character and plot) are addressed individually, guiding children into the creative realm one sentence at a time. This structure is quite helpful for young children because narrative writing is the most challenging form of writing in lower elementary school.
The How the I Becomes the We project originated with Broadway Books First Class. I originally invited Kim to visit following her work as Associate Director on Amazing Grace the Musical. Her visionary leanings led to a three-day generative storytelling workshop developed in collaboration with a group of teaching artists (myself included).
Afterwards, Kim contacted designers and artists to illustrate the children's words and bring new dimension to their ideas.
Oni is depicted on the left signing while I am on the right holding a bookIllustration by Leontine Greenberg
I was honored to take part in this project with such a talented group of performers (even though the long days of teaching and rehearsal left me exhausted and sick).
|The Wolf Family on The High Line with Onudeah (Oni) Nicolarakis, Gary Wellbrock, Siena Rafter, John McGinty and Jon Riddleberger|
Photo Credit: Nina Wurtzel
I realize how lucky I am that for a brief time we got to walk hand-in-hand on that quest.