I am excited to announce that Nature's Paintbox A Seasonal Gallery of Art and Verse written by Patricia Thomas and published by Millbrook Press was released in late 2007. The original title was "Winter, I Think, Is Pen and Ink". It's a poem about the four seasons and I got to work in pen and ink, pastel, watercolor, oil paint, and the computer program Photoshop. A different art medium for each season. It was a dream job!
Art from the book is included in the books and portfolio sections.
"There is a strikingly rare synergy between the poetry and the illustrations in this truly remarkable addition to the pantheon of books on the four seasons for school-aged children." -Kirkus Reviews
"...but it is the illustrations that stand out. Orback presents his illustrations from different viewpoints, looking up into the au-tumn tree covered with orange leaves or viewed at puddle level as spring boots splash along the road. This beauti-ful selection could be used to support seasonal studies, as well as numerous artistic concepts. The strong use of descriptive words would support creative writing activities even for those students older than the intended audi-ence." -Library Media Connection
Great News X 3!- Nature's Paintbox has been named in the 2008 Edition of The Best Children's Books of the Year from the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education. Also it was picked as a Lasting Connections of 2007 title in the American Library Association magazine, Book Links (January, 2008) AND it was selected as a Library Media Connection Editor’s Choice in the Picture Books category! (October, 2008)