A blank piece of paper and a child’s imagination is all you need for an adventure. What can you do with a blank piece of paper? Draw a picture – it might come to life. Make an envelope – something unexpected may be hiding inside. Write a story – it might escape off the page into the world.
The Story of A Piece of Paper was commissioned by my older daughter Katya one bedtime when she was four. “Can you tell me a new story?” she said. “Make one up yourself. What about? Oh, just a piece of paper.”
So I made up this story with the girls’ help, and they were quite pleased with it. So pleased that they kept requesting that same story again and again. I personally didn’t think the story was all that great. But clearly I have a poor grasp on what literature appeals to children.
For the girls’ birthdays this year, I decided to illustrate their story and make it into a book. I thought that it would make a memorable birthday present and also that seeing characters from their imagination on a pages of a real book will encourage my kids to keep inventing stories and creating things.
I hope that you know a kid or two with whom you can share this story, and that they enjoy it too.
If you like the book, you can also buy it for from the Google Play Store. It will be the same PDF as the free copy, but you’d be showing your support and letting me know that you like the work enough to shell out 99 cents for it. BUY IT.
Тechnical notes: Since I was designing the layouts to be printed as a board book, they are in spreads (pairs of facing pages are locked together as one). The file is a PDF, so you should be able to open it on any computer, tablet or smartphone. Some e-book reading apps may display two spreads side by side thinking each is a single page – that can’t really be helped, as far as I know.
P.S. There’s also a Russian version.