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Kidlit Fall Preview: Qin Leng’s I Am Small

Prolific kidlit artist Qin Leng joins the ranks of author-illustrators with her picture book, I Am Small (Kids Can, Oct.). She talks to Q&Q about her inspiration:

When I was growing up in Bordeaux, France, in the late 80s, early 90s, it felt very local: you went to the butcher, you knew each other, you walked down the street to the fishmonger, he gave you tips on recipes. Theres a lot of nostalgia in this book. I remember having conversations with the fishmonger and him showing me the craziest fish he had. I like the idea of the character going by herself – her parents feel its safe and that the child needs this experience. Yet, at the same time, it was terrifying because you’re on your own and everything is so huge.