In 2006 Maud Durland was especially busy illustrating her first children's book. The book (released in May '06) contains a total of 26 watercolor illustrations, many of which are full spread. Having three young grandchildren herself it was a great inspiration for Maud to pursue this venture.
Below are some words from the publisher.
"How the Sea Came to Marissa is an engaging picture book that celebrates creativity and the importance of familial support. Effervescent and mesmerizing artwork by Maud Durland perfectly illustrates this gentle story. Told in simple, yet vivid and poetic prose, Anne Renaud’s endearing story demonstrates the power of one’s imagination and celebrates the notion of self-empowerment.
Have you ever wanted to bring elements of your vacation back home with you? The smell in the air, the sea itself? How would you bring these elements home? This is the dilemma young Marissa faces as she prepares to leave her grandmother’s home at the seashore. With a little encouragement, Marissa discovers that a dab of glue and a whole lot of imagination can make anything possible, even bringing the sea home! Also includes how-to instructions for creating your own sea globe."
Hardcover, 32 pages, 9” X 11”