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On My Skis
About the Illustrator
Born and raised in Germany, Christina Leist now lives in Vancouver. Before becoming a full-time illustrator, she worked in advertising as an art director and graphic designer. She illustrated Baad Animals, (2005) The Graveyard Hounds (2008), and On my Walk (2009) for Tradewind Books.
***/4 On My Skis and On My Bike are stories that follow a young child learning to ski and ride a bike and all of the things the child hears and sees while outside in winter and fall. Both stories show the same child learning these skills alongside parents, younger sibling, and dog.
These stories have a nice rhythm to them and incorporate a rhyme scheme that young children would like. However, the use of sound effects as part of the text of the books means they would be very difficult books for a child who is learning to read, and, therefore, they would most likely have to be read aloud by a more experienced reader.
The illustrations in On My Skis and On My Bike are hand-drawn and use really beautiful colour schemes that reflect the season in which each book takes place. At times, the illustrations look perhaps a little too stylized and loosely drawn, but that doesn’t distract from the quality of the books. The main character is depicted in such a way that the child’s gender is not specified, and so would be easy for any child to relate to the books’ contents. The illustrations also are non-specific when it comes to the ethnicity of all of the characters, again making it easy for children to feel connected to the story.
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