How is it that a bird and a mouse become friends? The mouse doesn't speak Bird, and the bird doesn't speak Mouse, but they become friends anyway! The bird is called Blueberry and the mouse is called Mr. Mouse. They spend time together, help each other with storms and cats, and even find a way to communicate without any Mouse words or Bird words: Now that's a real friendship! This charming story, beautifully imagined by Jennifer Pahl-Otto and lovingly illustrated by Neyla Nachi Bouattour, will warm the heart, making for a new and timeless addition to fireside-tales and bedside-reading everywhere! http: //mead-hill.wixsite.com/mead-hill
Jennifer Pahl Otto is a poet and storyteller who lives in Lansing, Michigan. Jennifer grew up in a house where every room, every hallway, every staircase was lined from floor to ceiling with books. Her love of stories began there as a child, most especially while listening to her mother read Winnie the Pooh to her - again and again. Ever since, Jennifer has never stopped reading or loving children's literature. Jennifer continues to create magical, whimsical stories for adults and children. She belongs to the Lansing Storytellers, the Ann Arbor Storytelling Guild, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She travels regionally; in response to the many invitations she receives to share her stories with others. About the Illustrator Neyla Nachi Bouattour was born in Tunisia, where she graduated from the Art University of Tunisia, following a wide array of studies in the fine arts. Building on this academic background, Neyla pursued professional practice in the fine arts. Her photographic work has been featured in art magazines, and her art and sculpture have resulted in a wide variety of international exhibitions. Moreover, Neyla has had a wide range of experience in filmmaking, where she has worked as an actress, set designer, and writer. Ms. Bouattour has been awarded a series of university positions, teaching in fine arts and the environment. Additionally, she has worked in a number of museums and galleries, and was twice honored by research fellow posts at Tunisia's, Institut National. One of those posts was due to the extraordinary intercultural sensitivity to be found in every aspect of Neyla's work. This resulted, in part, from a master's degree she earned in Mediterranean History and Civilization, from Tunisia's University of Letters and Humanities. Besides her distinguished application to this variety of interests and pursuits, Neyla has traveled extensively in Europe, North America, and China. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles where she is an illustrator and artist, working across a variety of different media, applications, and products, and as a translator, moving elegantly among French, Arabic, and English.