People create families of all colors, shapes, and sizes. People create families full of surprises. Time goes by ever so slowly in a child's eyes, and they often feel like they have a long time to grow. Through his charming prose, Shawn Ryan explores this uniquely childhood event while also encouraging children and families to build community and gently interact with nature. Full of beautiful illustrations by artist Dianne Dengel, this heartwarming picture book will delight children and adults alike, offering a message of acceptance and love for all.
About the Author Shawn Ryan has worked with families of all colors, shapes, and sizes throughout his career as a social worker. He earned his graduate degree from Nazareth College of Rochester in New York while working with families in and out of social service systems. Ryan currently lives with his husband in Portland, Oregon, where he enjoys running his business and caring for family pets. About the Illustrator Dianne Dengel is a self-taught people artist who has been creating art in Rochester, New York, for more than sixty years. Widely known as an artist who paints with her fingers, she lives and works today in the same tiny home her father built with found scraps of lumber in 1949. Dengel's cloth dolls, sculptures, and paintings are known internationally. More of her work may be viewed at www.DianneDengel.com.