By Kari Vick
By Tove Conway (Author) and Kari Vick (Illustrator). Published by Beaver’s Pond Press, 2023. Hardcover, 32 pages.
Kai is curious.
She knows what the Northwoods look like through her own eyes…
But what do the woods look like from the tips of treetops or from the great lake’s shore?
Join one very brave young girl as she travels deep into the Northwoods, meets all sorts of kind creatures, and dares to see her world from different perspectives.
Author Tove Conway grew up on a prairie preserve in Iowa surrounded by native wildflowers, buzzing bees, burly oaks, and hooting owls. In the forests of tallgrass, she learned to listen to the earth’s many voices. During her college career, Tove lived in Minnesota where she decided to study what felt like home: literature and the environment. From the prairies to the Northwoods, Tove seeks adventure and longs to tell the stories and splendors of nature for all its keen listeners—both young and wise. When she’s not writing, you might find Tove gardening, practicing yoga, walking her dachshund, or laughing with her family.
Illustrator Kari Vick was raised high upon a bluff in Red Wing, Minnesota, overlooking the Mississippi River. In 1985, Kari and her husband moved north and raised two daughters in a little house on the shore of Lake Superior, with the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for a backyard. Over 40 years of wilderness adventures ensued: camping, canoeing, hiking, skiing, fishing, foraging, and maple syruping to name just a few. Whether working in her garden or studio, Kari listens for stories told by ravens and mushrooms and captures them in her paintings.
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Kari is a painter, printmaker, and illustrator of children’s books using watercolor and ink, working in both traditional and modern techniques. Her images convey the storytelling capability of art: “I see story everywhere,” Kari says. “I savor chance encounters in nature….and I try to capture these moments in my images—some playful, others profound.” Living alongside the flora and fauna of Lake Superior’s north shore, she creates from her studio in Lutsen, Minnesota—where she can often be found watching ravens, who have many stories to tell.
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