Posted 3:30 PM Monday, August 22, 2022
NILES — Merely put, writing a guide was by no means on artist Allison Sumrall’s inventive radar rising up.
All it took was for an thought to take root and turn into a actuality for the Niles native, who earlier this yr revealed her first guide, “The Little Acorn,” a kids’s story about a bit acorn “that I could not think about ever being the rest.”
Printed beneath Sumrall’s illustration firm, Animals That Discuss, and absolutely funded by a Kickstarter marketing campaign in 2020, Sumrall wrote and illustrated the guide in hopes of inspiring his younger son, Dylan. The method was additionally therapeutic for Sumrall herself.
“It is one thing I wanted to listen to as a 30-year-old lady,” she stated. “That issues can occur to us, as a substitute of us… The guide itself has a extra severe and candy message in comparison with the opposite works I do which might be extra ironic.”
A graduate of Niles Excessive Faculty, Sumrall earned levels from each Kendall School of Artwork and Design and Coastal Carolina College. 4 years in the past, Sumrall returned to Niles along with his son and commenced drawing animal portraits based mostly on his favourite TV and film characters. It was then that he created Animals That Discuss.
“I discovered that even when I might expertise pleasure for under a fraction of time, that lingering anxiousness could not co-exist in that very second,” Sumrall wrote on his web site. “Animals That Discuss was created for illicit pleasure when concern of myself felt relentless.”
Sumrall stated that he wrote The Little Acorn as a method to remind readers, particularly kids, that they will stay hopeful regardless of troublesome circumstances. She hopes that kids will study resilience, gratitude, and utilizing uncontrollable circumstances to develop.
“I do not assume all the things occurs for a cause as a result of I believe it justifies unhealthy conduct,” he stated. “I believe good issues can come out of some actually darkish conditions. I really like the thought of children having that mindset of their toolbox. Even when they cannot see the nice that may come out of this, simply figuring out that this case will go; we’re not caught proper now. There may be an underlying feeling of hope. I’m very passionate concerning the message itself.”
Sumrall believes that adults will recognize the message and revel in viewing the pictures with younger readers and hopes that the guide will spark conversations concerning the completely different levels of life.
Sumrall has shared the guide with pals, household, and preschool school rooms, and suggestions has been optimistic.
“Certainly one of my dearest pals is from Pittsburgh and he gave the guide to somebody coping with dependancy,” he stated. “He gave her the guide and she or he cried. It was actually touching… Typically it takes the tenth particular person to inform us one thing earlier than he checks in with us. You begin pondering ‘I am not caught’, ‘that is wonderful’. I do not assume we are able to hear that an excessive amount of. Kindness will not be wasted. It has been response to date.”
Whereas writing and illustrating a guide was a variety of work, Sumrall loved the method.
“It is easy to get overwhelmed,” he stated. “However seeing a mission from begin to end and being concerned in it’s one thing I am actually grateful for.”
After attending inside design faculty, Sumrall by no means imagined that she would turn into a broadcast writer. Nonetheless, she hopes to put in writing extra books to share with mother and father and kids.
“My largest objective is to get this into as many small fingers as doable,” he stated. “I grew up with books that meant loads to me and that I’ve been capable of share with my son. The concept of this guide being one thing that kids flip to many times of their houses is one thing I might like to see.”
The Acorn could be purchased at animals that talk.
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