It was because my daughter Ingrid's balloon popped on a treebranch, that I became a children's author. To console her, I made up a story about a magic tree that blossomed balloons. We liked it so much, I decided to write it down and see if I could get it published. Since I was an artist by trade, of course I drew pictures to go along with it. Fifteen years and a skid-zillion rejection slips later, (enough to wallpaper one wall of my studio,) a miracle happened. Scholastic Canada decided to take a chance on an untried author and published my first book, The Balloon Tree.
BEHIND THE SCENES
The Balloon Tree. Scholastic Canada, 1984; as L'arbre aux ballons, Scholastic, 1985