Emmy and I were so grateful to Jan Brett for taking the time to connect with the audience through her quiet storytelling and drawing demonstration. Watching the Badger Girl come to life right before our eyes was absolutely amazing.
Luckily for us, Jan brought back a pair of birch bark shoes from Russia and has been sharing them on her tour. These shoes served as a model for the shoes worn by the badger characters in the story. She also had a surprise for us...her beloved Dutch Bantams also came along on the tour ~ Rueben her rooster and Rilke her hen! Here is something new that we learned about Jan Brett ~ she raises chickens for show! She has been reading tons of books about poultry genetics to try to better understand the color patterns found on chickens.
There are so many wonderful retellings of this classic folk tale, some better than others. Emmy and I enjoyed Jan's take on this story especially with the addition of the bear family under the ground. We hope you will pick up a copy of The Turnip to see what you think of Jan's version.
Thank you, Jan Brett, for sharing your passion with us!
Emmy will never forget your kind words to keep her creative spirit always.