Picture book illustrator and author Cathryn Falwell had a gardening start in life.
“As a preschooler, I lived next door to Sam–a man with a green thumb who grew seemingly magical things like a tree with peaches on one side and plums on the other. My family moved many times, but my Dad planted a vegetable garden in each backyard.
After graduating from college with a BFA in Art, I taught school, and worked as a graphic designer. I married, had two children, and then began creating picture books. In 1997 our family moved to Frog Song Pond in Maine. Our children have grown and moved away, but I still plant a garden, watch the critters who inhabit the pond, and make lots of books.
This year, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Feast for 10 – my picture book published by Clarion Books in 1993 that Booklist called, “A joyful celebration of family and food.” In the book, a family shops for food and prepares a tasty meal together. Rainbow Stew, my 27th book, continues the celebration with another family–Three children and their grandfather who harvest a bountiful garden and cook up the veggies for lunch.” –Cathryn Falwell