We are celebrating the publication of Under the Ocelot Sun with this Foreword Reviews Fanfare Interview with Jeremy Paden (Author) and Annelisa Hermosilla (illustrator). In the interview Jeremy and Annelisa discuss the inspiration for the words and the illustrations, storytelling and translating the book into Spanish, the process of creating the drawings and illustrations, and the message of this beautiful and timely children’s book, and their personal connections to and passion for the story.
For more background on the inspiration for and making of the book, read Jeremy Paden’s blogpost “Under the Ocelot Sun: The Making of an illustrated Book.”
Praise for Under the Ocelot Sun.
“In this bilingual book, a mother shares the story of her beloved homeland and its struggles to survive growing political corruption, violence, and poverty. She weighs the risks and possible rewards of immigration in bittersweet verses. They alternate between English text in azul and Spanish text in rosa oscuro. Haunting, beautiful watercolors and pen and ink drawings highlight the proud traditions of the Central American Nahuas. This emotional narrative beseeches everyone, everywhere, to understand why some things are worth dying for.” —Foreword Reviews
“Lyrically told (in English and Spanish) and vibrantly illustrated, this is a picture book for our time.” —George Ella Lyon, Kentucky Poet Laureate 2015/2016
Available for order. Also, available locally in store at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington, Kentucky, by special order at Indiebound, and Amazon.
A portion of the net proceeds from the sale of Under the Ocelot Sun will go to support the work of El Futuro of North Carolina, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit outpatient clinic that provides comprehensive mental health services for Latino families in a bilingual environment of healing and hope.