One Step At A Time by Sally Heinrich & Jane Jolly
The authors of this book wrote the story to highlight the fact that during wars land mines were used as weapons and are still to be found in large parts of Asia even after the wars have ended. Both humans and animals have suffered from walking on buried land mines. The authors felt so strongly they asked people to help them with the costs of producing this book and part of the money they make from selling the book will go to an organisation that removes land mines.
Mali, the elephant in the book, is an Asian elephant. Watch the video on the left to learn some interesting facts about these animals.
The illustrations in this book are very colourful and intricate. They are created through a time consuming process called linocut. Here Sally Heinrich explains how she does the illustrations:
I begin by sketching the designs for each page on paper – it usually takes many drafts before I’m satisfied. Then each drawing is transferred, in mirror image, to a block of lino [the square block in the picture on the right]. All the areas around the lines, that is, all the white spaces, are carved away, using the tool you can see in one of the photos. Ink is rolled onto the block, paper laid over the top, and it’s run through a printing press. Each individual print is then coloured using watercolour inks. Therefore, although I can produce multiples of each image, each print is a unique work.
Try producing your own lino prints with this activity. Click on the picture then click on the activity button.