Several years ago my wife gave me a Japanese accordion bookfor my birthday that she illustrated with a Sumi-e ink collage that extended over the dozen or mroe foldout panels. As I leafed through the book, mesmerized by her work, I started to think of a story I had written that I thought would go wonderfully with the images. That's how Gaya Lives in a Blue House was born, from the confluence of two artists' ideas.
Essentially, Gaya Lives in a Blue House is a New Age creation story intended to encourage people--young and old--to reach for the stars in order to fulfill their potential. The story is best summed up by young Gaya's chant as she thinks about her future:
The world is young and made for us,
To be what we can be–
To touch the stars,
To reach the moon,
To sail the seven seas.
So trust the world, and trust yourself;
Only then shall you be free–
To sing your song,
To dance your dance,
To be what you must be.
A good question. One answered by our oldest daughter who teaches yoga to young children. She saw it as a perfect meditational device at the end of a yoga session to help children release their imagination, to connect their thoughts with their dreams. Of course, Gaya Lives in a Blue House isn't just for the Yoga Mom crowd, it's for anyone interested in helping others realize their potential. In short, it's for parents, caregivers, teachers, counselors, therapists, anyone in the business of helping others discover more about who they are and what they are capable of doing.
Title: Gaya Lives in a Blue Hosue
Author: W. Nikola-Lisa
Illustrator: Barbara Cooper
Design: Tom Greensfelder, Greensfelder Design
Publisher: Gyroscope Books, Chicago
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Age Level: 3-7
Page Count: 32
ISBN: 978-0-9912183-4-9 (case laminate), list price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4793640-9-1 (paperback), list price: $9.99
Gaya Lives in a Blue House is available in paperback only from Amazon. Click here to go to the book's product page. For a signed gift copy, printed by Bookmasters using higher quality ink and paper, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For $20, you'll get a hardback edition signed by the author and the illustrator, and inscribed to anyone of your choice. For now payment by check is preferred and includes postage. Email me for more details.