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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 an author and folklorist based in Portland, Oregon.
The Great Dictionary Caper, illustrated by Eric Comstock (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster, 2018)
**Starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist.
Wild About Books, illustrated by Marc Brown. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2004). New York Times Bestseller, ALA Notable Book, and winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award.
Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote 'The Cat in the Hat"
(Random House, 2017). Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
*Starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Kirkus.