Posts tagged ‘the snow queen’


Working with talented illustrators at Barefoot is pretty much my favourite part of making books. I’ve always loved and admired Miss Clara’s artwork — her unique, quirky imagination and the magical and evocative scenes she creates. So it was pretty exciting to discover that we would be designing three beautiful, gifty Miss Clara picture books.


The Girl with a Brave Heart

When a new baby arrives, we fall in love with all of their perfect little details. We count their tiny fingers and toes, coo over their perfect little lashes, and smooch the chubby rolls of baby fat on their arms and legs. It’s no different when our book babies first arrive in the Barefoot Books offices!


I don’t remember when I first heard the story of ‘The Snow Queen’ as a child, but as an adult this story continues to exercise a powerful hold on me. The Snow Queen herself is the embodiment of the dark side of feminine energy, rather like the white witch in Narnia. The shattering of the mirror is the fracturing of our childhood innocence, and Gerda’s courage as she heads into the unknown to rescue Kay is a metaphor for all of our journeys from childhood to adulthood.


The Statue of Liberty that adorns New York harbour has played in my imagination since I was a small child. But it was only when I went on a harbour tour last year that I discovered the statue was created by a French artist and was a gift from the people of France to the citizens of America. This memory has resurfaced in the past few weeks, as I have liaised with the exceptional French artist, Miss Clara, over her designs for the Barefoot Books tree that is our contribution to the Concord Museum’s Family Trees Exhibition.