The covered basketball court behind the Multnomah Art Center continues to serve as my research lab for contemporary hopscotch. After a year of observing and interviewing the kids, it appears that although traditional hopscotch is an inspiration for their drawings, none of the artists ever try to play. They are usually drawing solo This past week it's been raining heavily. Basketball players have stayed away, and chalk artists have covered the asphalt. Keiko suspects that squirrels may be responsible for this particular fantasy hopscotch, which originates about twenty feet outside the frame of the photo.
I am a children's author and folklorist based in Portland, Oregon. Before I became a full-time writer and speaker, I was a children's librarian, then a puppeteer and storyteller. I received my Ph.D. in Folklore and Mythology Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.