FELICIA HOSHINO (illustrator of picture book A Place Where Sunflowers Grow) was born in San Francisco, California. While in college, she enrolled in as many art classes as she could find, from figure drawing and ceramics to illustration and graphic design. Upon deciding to make art her career, she continued her education at California College of the Arts where she earned a BFA in illustration. Felicia's prize-winning illustrations can now be seen in the children's magazines Cricket, Cicada and Ladybug and in children's books such as Surprise Moon and Finding the Golden Ruler. Her most recent books, Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin and A Place Where Sunflowers Grow, were both accepted into the Society of Illustrator's The Original Art, a juried exhibition "Celebrating the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration."
"It was as if, with every drawing she created, Mari found another question to ask and the courage to ask it." These words express Felicia's own transformation as illustrator of A Place Where Sunflowers Grow. The more she learned, the more compelled she felt to ask questions, not only for research purposes, but to gain knowledge about her family's history both before, during and after the war. She hopes that the book will help inspire young readers to learn about their own family history, Japanese American or not, and possibly connect with family members of different generations.
Felicia currently lives in her native San Francisco with her husband Yoshi and son Sora. For more information, please visit her website www.felishino.com.
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