Miles of Smiles
The Word Menders™ children’s book series is designed to target and treat specific articulatory and phonological processes in kids. And as one of our Pro Bono clients, we’re always more than happy to help and lend our talents to further their mission. The Word Mender goal of facilitating strong language and literacy skills and foster a love of reading in kids fits in perfectly with Recess’s mission to create experiences driven by the spirit of play. And so it goes.
Find a way to use illustration to bring a children’s book written for specific articulatory and phonological disorders to life in a fun and engaging way.
Create a character-driven illustrated world that employs a textured yet geometric style for the background elements.
The book, written by Elizabeth Redhead Kriston – a mother of two and an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist - follows a little girl named Maddy as she accompanies her Grandpa on a train ride across the countryside. From sheep to deer to grizzly bears, the little girl is awed and amused by the wonders of nature she spies out her train car window.
The illustration style includes dashes of UPA style mixed with a classic, modern look. One of the challenges we tackled was the need to capture the grandeur of the train adventure while showing Maddy’s interaction with the outside world. Not unlike the sound of a train itself, we created rhythm through movement from wide, panoramic images to tighter-in illustrations. The words themselves also have a repetitious quality that we wanted to enhance with a consistent style.