Hi, I'm Sarah, I handle Mommee Coffee's Instagram account (@mommeecoffee - follow us!) and I'm also an artist and mom. I live in Philadelphia with my husband Eric, our son Fritz, and too many cats to name. I'm a photographer by training, but over the years I've expanded my repertoire to include illustration and writing. "Triangle and Circle" is my first children’s book, and the first of a forthcoming series of books.
"Triangle and Circle" (How Embracing Each Others Differences Can Lead to Beautiful Friendship) is a bright and graphic picture book with a simple concept. The illustrations and text together tell the story of the difference between the two shapes and simply shows how talking about their differences brings them together. Young children notice differences at a very early age, but don't have the verbal or cognitive skills to articulate their questions. This book starts to give young children concepts and recognition of differences in a very positive way. Through shape, color and movement, children of all ages will easily arrive at the conclusion: “being different is cool”!
I think it's really important that our children learn to embrace their differences from very early on, and to be understanding of others. There are so many ways that we can feel different and it's not only difficult for children but for adults as well. Let's try to embrace everyone, so as we grow we can grow with love and kindness. The idea is simple enough for very young children to grasp, but older kids really like the bold illustrations and colors, and adults can certainly benefit from the lesson.
While writing and illustrating a sixteen page children's book sounds easy, it's surprisingly difficult! I had the idea, then honed it down, then illustrated and hand lettered the book. While I was doing the fun part I was also learning how to self-publish, how to market a book and had my regular life going on with a toddler. With all of life's interruptions it took almost a year to complete, from conception to birth :) Thank goodness for coffee!