Both the “Wanda Wannabee” and “Little Bear” series were written for my grandchildren.
“Little Brown Bear and You” was a lesson about loving and being loved. It was a message that I wanted to explore with one of my granddaughters who was feeling a bit left out of things. “Wanda Wannabee and the “Fox in the Hollow” was a way of sharing my love for nature and wild creatures.
The interactive component in the “Wanda Wannabee” stories, I introduced to two of my granddaughters on an absolutely beautiful summer’s day, when they could have been swimming and playing by the pool. They became so engrossed in “co-authoring” the stories and drawing pictures of the characters, that we could not tempt them away from the dining room table. They became part of their own learning and growing experience. I realized then that these stories were something I wanted to give to other children. And so, KreartiveKids was born.
I met Susan at one of my musical performances and we started to talk about her poetry and children’s’ stories. We thought that we might be able to collaborate on a children’s program. I was drawn to the “Wanda Wannabee” and “Little Bear” stories when Susan presented them to me. I had an opportunity to read these charming stories, and as a composer, was especially interested in adding another dimension to them, with the layering of music. The characters were delightful, and I thought it would be a great idea to compose musical themes that would represent them. The music is “hummable” and children can recognize the characters through the melodies. One story led to others and the creative process continues.