Lakeshore Author Pens, Illustrates Christmas Picture Book

Written by Hannah VanKampen on . Posted in Local

snowglobeCatie Cordero is many things: chicken owner, blogger, fiction writer, mom, wife, actress. With the release of her new book comes another title: children's book author. The Magic Snow Globe is a children's picture book about Willow and Wendell Potter and their journey of discovery of what Christmas is really about.

Cordero was inspired to write The Magic Snow Globe by the rise of the internet and smartphones, and the effect of both on kids' imaginations.

"I see a trend happening where young children are on their phones or tablets and are constantly bombarded by technology. Whatever happened to people just reading?" Cordero said. She made this observation many times, to which her husband responded, "What are you going to do about it?" Thus, The Magic Snow Globe was born.

Each illustration in the book was hand done by Cordero and her mother. Cordero says she took her inspiration from vintage Christmas cards and other materials.

"One illustration took about ten hours," said Cordero, who lives with her family on a small farm in Zeeland.

She starts with plain pencil and paper, then moves on to watercolor paper. Once she's perfected the sketch there, she mixes acrylic and watercolor and paints the vivid illustrations found in the book. Her mother, Cindy Overbeek, also an artist, helped by completing the finishing touches on each painting. After the process was finished, Cordero scanned and uploaded each one in order to get a crisp, high-definition image for the book.

Sparking imagination isn't only the thing Cordero is looking to do with The Magic Snow Globe.

"I want kids to take away that the greatest gift we can give is love and kindness. Our world would be a better place if we treasured each other," said Cordero. "Let Jesus permeate the way we look at others."

The Magic Snow Globe ($11.99) is available at Baker Book House, The Word Shop at Resurrection Life Church, and via Amazon. For more information about this book and its author, visit www.catiecordero.com
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