Lifestyle photographer Grace Chon recently turned the camera on her 10-month-old baby Jasper and their 7-year-old rescue dog Zoey, putting them side-by-side in the some of the most adorable portraits ever.
Here she is in all of her glory: the official cover for my memoir! I promise this book, which is scheduled for release in October of this year, will make you laugh, cry, and think about life from a new perspective. See below for how you can pre-order your copy TODAY! I’m also running a contest to give away some prizes if you reblog this, details below!
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I want to give a big thanks to Matt Carr for doing the cover shoot with me. He’s the coolest dude and you should check out his site! http://www.mattcarr.com/
NOW FOR THE CONTEST! I will pick one random reblogger of this post and send to you a box of goodies with the following:
-An autographed Advanced Edition of my book (I get a couple of these to give to people way before the book comes out in October.
-A page from my manuscript
-Some handwritten haikus
-A picture of my cat
-Other fun surprises!
You have until Friday 3/21 to reblog.
Thank you everyone! Let’s see if we can get this on the New York Times Bestsellers List!!!
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Spring sunshine over the croquet lawn in the walled garden at Belsay Hall, Northumberland, with the poncirus trifoliata in the foreground just beginning to leaf up.
It is an unusual school in an unusual location and is run by an unusual teacher.
Rajesh Kumar is a shopkeeper by profession but spends hours every morning teaching around 80 children from the poorest of the poor in India’s capital.
The 43-year-old visited the construction of the Delhi transit station a few years ago and was disturbed by the sight of many children playing at the site instead of attending school.
When he questioned the parents working at the sites they all said there were no schools in the vicinity and no one cared.
Consequently, his open-air class room was born - between pillars and beneath the tracks of the Delhi transit system, known as the Metro.
Every few minutes a train passes above, the children unperturbed by its sounds.
There are no chairs or tables and the children sit on rolls of polystyrene foam placed on the rubble.
Three rectangular patches of wall are painted black and used as a blackboard.
Anonymous donors have contributed cardigans, books, shoes and stationery for the children, as their parents cannot afford them.
One unnamed individual sends a bag full of biscuits and fruit juice for the pupils every day - another incentive for the children to turn up for their studies.
I think this is fantastic. People can be so marvellous.
Walter Crane (1845–1915) was an important figure in the Arts and Crafts movement and a highly influential illustrator of books. As a socialist (and something of a utopian idealist) he abhorred the methods of mass production that had taken root during the Victorian era, believing them to be responsible for distorting “man’s artistic abilities by motivating him to devote himself to material gain at the expense of beauty.” He believed the decorative arts could achieve equality in society by becoming an integral part of everyday life. In accordance with his ideals, he devoted much of his time to the design of household items, including textiles, pottery and stained glass. He also became a prominent figure of the Socialist movement, and between the 1880s and the First World War, he developed much of its iconography for use on posters, pamphlets, membership cards and trade union banners.
It is, however, for his illustration of children’s books that Walter Crane really left his mark. Like household items, he believed art in children’s books was essential as: “We all remember the little cuts that coloured the books of our childhood. The ineffaceable quality of these early pictorial and literary impressions affords the strongest plea for good art in the nursery and the schoolroom.” His colourful and detailed illustrations contributed to the development of picture books and his child in the garden motifs for nursery rhymes inspired many generations of illustrators that followed.
The book in the photographs, containing classic nursery rhymes, such as Three Blind Mice and Baa! Baa! Black Sheep is a first edition of The Baby’s Opera (1877), illustrated by Walter Crane and engraved and printed in colours by Edmund Evans. It was published by George Routledge and Sons and the rhymes were edited by Crane’s sister Lucy.
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