Illustrated by Sheila Fein
About the illustrator:
Born in Queens, New York and living in Los Angeles since 1987, Sheila Fein has always been inspired by the changing world around her. Earning her BA in Design from Buffalo State College of New York, her concentration was on drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Sheila’s education as an artist has taken her everywhere from Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia to Bath University in England. Today, Sheila Fein runs two figurative workshops, Imaginings Sketch in LA and People Sketchers in Thousand Oaks. She has been featured in numerous collections, magazines, books, solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings reside in public and private collections. Sheila loves to make the imagination of others a reality and has done so through her commissioned Fein Fantasy Portraits and Interactive Paintings. In addition to being a fine artist Sheila works as an illustrator. She just completed the book “Mama Graciela’s Secret” for Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing.
I do not remember the last time I read a picture book, but it was so nice to read one again. Mama Graciela’s Secret is a really sweet book about a sweet abuelita that does what she loves and protects what she loves.
Even though the story is less than 25 pages long I actually gasped when the someone threatened to take Mama Graciela’s cats! Even though it is a children’s book with very little prose Calvani was able to get me invested in Mama Graciela’s story. At the end I felt proud of her decision at the end of the adorable picture book.