Jo Ellen Bogart has written both fiction and non-fiction, including Jeremiah Learns to Read, Out and About with The Big Tree Gang, Capturing Joy: The Story of Maud Lewis and Big and Small, Room for All. Her writing is inspired by many things, including her family, her pets and her travels, but this is the first book that actually began as a song. She says: “I wanted to talk about things that people bring back from trips. I would pick up little stones, driftwood, feathers, and seeds as mementos. Eventually, it occurred to me that I could turn my song into a picture book.
“I used some ideas that were tricky to illustrate, like ‘a rainbow to wear as a ring.’ Barbara Reid rose to the challenge with her amazing story-telling art. Her vision of the Grandma was just right. Barbara also spread the story over enough years for us to watch the little girl grow up and have a child of her own.
“I still believe that the stories that are told about a trip can be the best gifts of all and I hope that big people and little people are sharing this gift, time after time, for all of their lives. Now that I have two grandchildren of my own, this book means even more to me.”