Friday, October 01, 2010

The Goodbye Cancer Garden


Janie spots a couple pumpkins hiding beneath elephant-ear leaves.


I'm excited to announce a picture book that I illustrated, The Goodbye Cancer Garden, is now available for pre-order from Amazon. It's written by Janna Matthies and published by Albert Whitman & Company.

In this story, Mom has cancer. When the doctor says that Mom will probably feel better by pumpkin time, the whole family decides to plant a garden. As the healthy veggies grow, Mom grows healthier too. Janna has written a beautiful story, and I pray that this book will bring hope to many families.

17 comments:

Amy Huntington said...

Sounds like a beautiful story and it is a lovely illustration.

Robert... said...

The Autumnal colours are beautiful. Tremendous work.

Michelle Henninger said...

As someone who went through the whole cancer thing when my little girls were only 3 and 5, I think this is going to be such a welcome book. Your illustrations are so lovely. There were no books like this just three years ago!! Good for both you and Janna.

k.h.whitaker said...

beautiful work :)

psychopooch said...

sounds like a beautiful story too. great illos to go with :)

tusen said...

beautiful. I love the autumn colours. And I love the scene at the end of your post - your illustrations are so full of warmth.

Juan said...

Exquisite. Nicely executed!!

Linda Hensley said...

Lovely. Congratulations and good luck with the book!

Kristi Valiant said...

Thanks, everyone.
Michelle, I was surprised too at how few picture books I found on cancer considering how many families it affects. Sorry you had to go through it, but it's great to see how healthy you look now.

Chibi Janine said...

Beautiful thoughtful illustrations that I am sure will complement a beautiful thoughtful book. I wish it every sucess.

Cally Johnson-Isaacs said...

Really beautiful work!

Chuck said...

Really gorgeous stuff, Kristi!

Mia Charro said...

Beautiful!, i love this new style, a little more soft, like watercolour, very poetic. Congratulations!

AtelierBrigitte said...

Lovely illustration and a wonderful theme for a book.

Heather said...

Oh this is just going to be a wonderful book. what a great idea for a story for kids. You know, you are right, I really have never seen a book like this. Best of luck to you with it!!!
great illustrations.
xxoo

theartofpuro said...

Congrats for the book!The illustrations are wonderful,love the colours:)

Megan K. Bickel said...

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