There's a pub in my neighborhood called "The Big Bad Wolf", one of many reminders that I live in the country of the Brothers Grimm. Both, in fact, lived in Göttingen, in the Kingdom of Hannover, until they ran afoul of the king, who in 1837 dissolved the Parliament and demanded an oath of allegiance of the university professors. Seven refused to sign, among them the two brothers. Jakob, head librarian and professor of German Studies, was deported, and his brother Wilhelm soon followed him to Kassel, at that time capital of Hesse-Kassel. Today, as I worked on the image below, I happened to listen to the TED Radio Hour on NPR. The topic was "Stepping outside one's comfort zone." Maybe both the wolf and the child are doing just that, though the child, not having been bitten before, is more trusting than the older, warier wolf. Who, after all, isn't bad. He's just a wolf. And so there's hope this story will have a happy ending.
A little about myself:
Hello there and thank you for visiting my website! I have lived in Spain, Mexico, France and the United States, but now make my home in Germany. I have a Ph.D. in Literary Studies and a Master's in TESOL, and have published several books for children, among them El Loro Tico Tango and El Fandango de Lola, a 2012 Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book. As a writer and an artist I'm in constant conversation with my own anxious mind even as I celebrate the joyful possibilities of our crazy, incomprehensible world.