Ella Lee in To Catch a Hummingbird, Whimsical Children's Book, Hand-Painted, Beautiful Illustrations

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  • Handmade
  • Materials: acrylic paints, upholstery fabric

I am thrilled to present “Ella Lee in To Catch a Hummingbird.“ This is a limited print run (just 200 copies!), first edition paperback of the book!

Book Summary:
Ella Lee is the sweetest little girl and she loves animals. She loves to hold them, pet them, touch them…and sometimes squeeze them. So, when she sees a hummingbird, she really wants to touch it, but she must catch it first. And so begins her adventure where Ella encounters many wonderful animals on land and in the sea. She is curious and speaks plainly, making creative observations about all the animals she meets with a humor that will be enjoyed by both adults and children alike!

So, come along with Ella Lee on an adventure to catch a hummingbird!

Description:
Ella Lee in To Catch a Hummingbird is Michael Pekala’s first children’s book. He wrote, illustrated and designed the book. It is 28 pages long and can be enjoyed as a book that parents read to their kids, or by school aged children looking for a fun and humorous adventure featuring a variety of beautifully illustrated animals. All of the illustrations in this book are acrylic paint on stretched upholstery fabric.

This is a saddle stitch paperback book. Printed locally at the Country Press in Lakeville, MA.

ISBN: 978-0-578-88318-2

The Story Behind the Story:

The very first thing that I can remember creating and being extremely proud of was a book. I was probably 5 years old and the book was about my dog Oreo and I can still remember the cover. Oreo, illustrated in all black towards the bottom of the cover, and then an entire red background scribbled out in red crayon. The book was about 10 pieces of 5.5×8.5 paper bound with 3 haphazard staples going down the left edge. The book detailed the adventures of Oreo and I was just so proud to tell anyone who would listen about the events that unfolded on each page.

35 years later, and I have just written, illustrated, designed and self-published my first children’s book and I am happy to say that I feel like that 5 year old once again! The book is inspired by our kids and I can truly say that this book would not exist without them. Ella, in particular, and her love of animals, proved to be a ground swell of inspiration.

This book is also the culmination of these last 5+ years of me drawing and painting. In October of 2015, after a trip to Salem, I would start drawing again regularly, beginning with “The Witch”. The pen and ink would lead to water color, which would lead to acrylics on canvas panel and ultimately the acrylics on upholstery fabric. This book collects many of these upholstery fabric illustrations and weaves them into a whimsical and humorous children's tale.

I was recently interviewed by Rhode Island Monthly as part of their Rhody Maker series, where I talked both about my artwork and "Ella Lee". Check it out: https://www.rimonthly.com/rhody-maker-michael-pekala/

Editorial Review:

Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite (5 Stars out of 5)

Like all little children, Ella Lee is a curious child. She loves to see new things and she especially loves animals. She particularly loves to hold them and pet them. The only thing is, some animals are hard to catch and others just don’t want to be handled by a human. But, it makes for a fun adventure for Ella Lee, especially when she sees a hummingbird and decides right then and there that she must hold it in her hands. Well, for anyone who’s ever seen a hummingbird, not only are they really tiny, but they’re also really fast – not the easiest bird to catch. But that doesn’t stop Ella Lee from trying and, in the process of chasing the hummingbird, she meets up with some interesting creatures: peacocks, an owl, a fox, and underwater, a seahorse as well as others. She asks each one about the hummingbird as she must continue on her quest.

Michael Pekala’s picture book story, Ella Lee in To Catch a Hummingbird, is a sweet story about a curious little girl with a particular love and fascination for animals and all living creatures. The plot follows the girl’s quest and includes some interesting and sometimes humorous conversations with the animals and sea creatures she meets along the way. The illustrations are spectacular, almost giving the impression of Renaissance tapestries of finely woven threads – beautiful. With each creature she meets, she talks with them and describes some of their curious attributes. I particularly enjoyed the meeting with the peacocks: “The gaze of a hundred blue and black eyes are upon here.” And, what should a little girl do for the peacocks? Well, this little girl decides to dance the boogie-woogie. What fun. The language is simple for young readers to follow. There are some onomatopoeia (sound words), text written in different colors, and text written to imitate shapes, all adding to the fun of reading the story. What a great way to introduce young readers to some of the wonderful creatures around us.

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