Sometimes books you read in your childhood get buried deep down in your psyche. You don't realize what the effect, but the imagery and the words are a part of how you interact with the world. That is how the A Time of Wonder, by Robert McCloskey, is for me. It wasn't until grad school, when I was doing a project on influences from childhood that I rediscovered this book. My mom says we read it so many times that it was like part of our family. I realize now that the colors are my favorite colors. . The greens and blues are everywhere in my own work. The imagery of water and boats and islands are the things I often find most calming. The pace is slow and observant. It shaped how I look out on my surroundings. As I start making imagery to try to have a career in children's illustration, I know I take this book with me. I'll never be Robert McCloskey, but he'll be part of me.