Development Sketches for FOREST HAS A SONG

Beautiful Planning by Robbin Gourley

Robbin Gourley is an art director, a cookbook author, and the illustrator of books for adults and children.  FOREST HAS A SONG is her third book for Clarion.  Her first two, which she wrote as well as illustrated, are BRING ME SOME APPLES AND I'LL MAKE YOU A PIE: A STORY ABOUT EDNA LEWIS and FIRST GARDEN: THE WHITE HOUSE GARDEN AND HOW IT GREW -- both published to starred reviews.  Robbin and her husband have two children, and she currently divides her time between rural North Carolina and Brooklyn, New York.  You can visit her website at

Robbin made many development sketches for the girl 
in FOREST HAS A SONG before deciding on her final look. 
You can see a few of the ideas Robbin explored 
before she decided what "our girl" would be like. 

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