Biography: James Rumford has studied more than a dozen languages and worked in the Peace Corps, where he traveled to Africa, Asia, and Afghanistan. He has written and illustrated several books for children, including Beowulf: A Hero's Tale Retold (Houghton Mifflin) and Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing (Houghton Mifflin), a Sibert Honor Book. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Max's teacher wants the class to color-in pictures of flowers for Mother's Day persents. Determined to express his creativity, Max draws his own picture for his mother.
"Martha Alexander (1920-2007) left notes and sketches for this story about the possibilities of "a blank sheet of paper," and James Rumford ably completed it."
--The New York Times Book Review
"[A] lovely tribute to a veteran writer and illustrator whose works no self-respecting library should be without."
"Alexander is spot-on with her understanding of the pressures children feel to conform (“You'll be the only one without a nice picture for your mother,” says Miss Tilley) and her respect for their individualism, which to the uninformed, may appear like acting-out. "