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Children’s Book Illustrated by Taylor Faculty Member Wins Award

By Jim Garringer Published: Dec 12, 2012

The children’s book, The Boy, The Kite, & The Wind, which features paintings created by Taylor University art faculty member Jonathan Bouw, has been recognized as a 2012 Gelett Burgess Award Winning Book.

According to its website, the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Awards advisory council looks for books that entertain and teach with an energetic and creative approach. The books the Center selects must stimulate the child's imagination, as well as inspire them creatively. Advisory council members want to know a book will make an impact in a child's life by helping them grow: socially, emotionally, ethically, intellectually, and physically. 

Bouw’s involvement with the project began three years ago when he was contacted by Al Andrews, the book’s author. Andrews, the founder of Porter’s Call, Nashville, Tenn., chose Bouw from a worldwide catalog of artists because of what he called “the passion he saw in his work.”

“I cannot believe how beautifully Jonathan not only interpreted my words, but took them to a deeper level,” said Andrews

Many of Bouw’s paintings in the book were influenced by sights in East Central Indiana and surrounding areas. Details in the paintings were inspired by Cammack Station, the Farmland General Store, Yorktown’s Lion’s Park, Morrow’s Meadow, and Gaston Pike. “This area has its own unique beauty, I enjoyed painting the familiar places I see every day,” said Bouw.

“The award was actually a complete surprise,” he added. “I hope that the book can continue to help people in need.”

More than $29,000 in profits from the book has been donated to nonprofit organizations including child survival program centers through Compassion International. These centers, located in the Philippines and India, provide food and care for at risk children, infants and mothers, nourishment for the neediest of the needy. Funds have also assisted The Lift Project – an outreach to women healing from addiction and prostitution – and The Restore Scholarship Project, which provides college scholarship funds for Ugandan students.

There is still time to get The Boy, The Kite, and The Wind by Christmas! Visit: http://theboythekiteandthewind.com.