September 13th, 2011

When I was little, my dad traveled the world. I remember him telling me that people are the same everywhere and that people are good-hearted. He inspired me to travel the world, too, and I have learned the same beautiful lesson. In Southeast Asia, I learned this popular saying when comparing different cultures, “Same, same. But different!”

My picture book, SAME, SAME. BUT DIFFERENT, is published with Henry Holt and Christy Ottaviano Books. You can order it thru your local, independent bookstore or here with Powell’s Books, or now on Amazon.com here.

It is inspired by my little friends at Sunshine School in Bhaktapur, Nepal, my travels in India and Thailand, and of course, my dad. Below are some of my student’s art from Nepal. I did a project with them where they shared different parts of their culture and daily lives with my friends in the U.S. We went for walks in their village and drew temples, musicians, potters, and farmers. They drew their parents at home in their traditional dress, and they drew their mud houses, wells and animals. They drew themselves and they drew each other and had so much fun! These, along with a few bulging sketchbooks of mine over several trips, have been great research+inspiration for this book. I will share interior spreads soon.