My mother calls me
from darkness to light. . . .
I wrap her words around me,
warm with good wishes
for the day to come.
Joanne Ryder's heartwarming text and Peter Catalanotto's glowing art celebrate the tender, everyday moments shared between a mother and daughter. In every welcome and whisper, laugh and farewell, the ever-changing tones of a mother's voice express a gift a daughter can treasure - her mother's constant love.
Joanne Ryder has always loved pandas, starting with the very first small panda toy she had as a child. She has continued to be fascinatd by these rare and wonderful animals throughout her career as a writer. She is the award-winning author of numerous picture books, including A Pair of Polar Bears: Twin Cubs Find a Home at the San Diego Zoo; Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo; My Mother's Voice; My Father's Hands; Big Bear Ball; and Wild Birds. She lives in Pacific Grove, California, with her husband, Laurence Yep, who is also an author.
A talented visual storyteller, Peter Catalanotto sets the mood with his rich, warm colors and inviting perspectives. His poignant illustrations have graced picture books by award-winning authors such as Cynthia Rylant and George Ella Lyon. Peter Catalanotto lives with his wife and daughter in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.