Happy Earth Day! Today I’m celebrating Earth Day with a special sneak peak of a beautiful children’s picture book I plan to release later this year. I’m particularly excited about this project as I get to work with an amazingly talented local artist, Emily Barbara Herrera.
Here’s a little sampling of Adana’s story:
Once upon a time there was a small brown dragon called Adana. Adana was an earth dragon and Adana was very sad. She longed to play with the other dragons, but none of them would accept her as a friend. “It’s because I’m small and brown and boring” she thought. “No one wants to be friends with an earth dragon.”
The air dragons would soar through the sky, their wings outstretched. Adana wished she could join them up in their playground of clouds, but she had no wings.
The water dragons would glide effortlessly through the lagoon, playing tag and Marco Polo. Adana yearned to join in their games, but sadly she could not swim.
The fire dragons scared little Adana with their tremendous scaly scarlet forms and flames that could toast two hundred marshmallows with one puff. Adana secretly tried gargling with fire water to see if she might make a flame, but she only gave herself a sore throat. Poor Adana, she could never be a fire dragon.
So sad little Adana slunk into her cave, curled up in a corner, and took a nap.
Now of course we’re not going to leave Adana so sad, but you’re going to have to wait to discover what happens next.
Original art copyright © Emily Barbara Herrera, 2015
Story Adana the Earth Dragon copyright © Debbie Manber Kupfer, 2015