|This is Maria, and she is a Bahamian hutia! Her story is told in the book, The Misadventures of Maria the Hutia, which I illustrated. This little hutia's journey is both an entertaining and educational conservation story. Told in in 101 pages and 30 black and white illustrations, it includes 6 pages of scientific information about the Bahamian animal characters in the story.|
|Front Cover of The Misadventures of Maria the Hutia. (art by Ruth Schowalter, aka Hallelujah Truth)|
Here are links to blogs that I have written about my process as an artist, the making of the images of Maria the Hutia, and science outreach:
Following the Idea: Maria the Hutia Colouring Activity Book
The Art of Teaching Science Creatively: San Salvador Sea Campers Learn to Be Connected to Their Environment by Having Fun and Using Their Imaginations
|San Sal Sea Campers color the map of Maria's journey (2012).|
Teaching Children the Science of Looking in Their Own Backyard: Sea Camp San Salvador, Bahamas 2012
Joyful Accumulation of 15 Minutes of Creativity Every Day: The Publishing of Maria the Hutia!
Enlarging One's Being Through the Act of Creating: The Map of Maria the Hutia's Misadventure
Upon Finishing a Soul Task: Who Am I After Illustrating the Misadventures of Maria the Hutia?
On Being a Self Taught Illustrator for the Love of the Environment of San Salvador Bahamas
The Guardian Angel Project
Thoughts about Teaching Environmental Stewardship