As we have entered into the joy of parenthood here in the smallwoods, the simple joys of children have captured our attention. Isaiah is fascinated with learning new things -- perusing through his books, reciting back to us all of the items he sees. He is surprisingly good at categorizing different items such as shapes or colors, going through an extensive list of categoric names with a blind eye towards accuracy! It is a marvel to watch him develop and make these type of connections. We point to an item and ask, “What color is this?” and in reply, he confidently rattles off several color names, but fails to identify the correct color! He gets so excited by the knowledge of what colors are that he fails to see what the question is.
We find it truly joyful to witness Isaiah’s excitement this way, and it inspired me to create a serial work to further expand how and what he can identify. One of the first things he recognized consistently was birds. He will frequently point to a bird and shriek, " Tweet, tweet!" I imagine that through the completion of the bird alphabet series, Isaiah may use the illustrations not only to identify birds and letters, but also recognize differences among birds, colors, shapes, etc. The completed series will be a resource for refining existing recognition skills, discovering and differentiating details, and applying categorical connections in new ways.