- Yoann Ortega, Author -
"This is my first children's book. It came to me when I watched my children growing up and I couldn't find any books that matched them. So I started ... to imagine my daughter talking to her Panda and explaining with simple words how she came into the world. Not knowing how to draw, I had to find an illustrator. It was Christelle Ponche that I chose as her universe corresponded to what I had in mind to illustrate this album.
Self-publishing his book is a real challenge but I have learned so much ... and if this book can help other parents to approach, explain, talk about surrogacy with their children, then I will be very happy. "
- Christelle Ponche, Illustrator -
When Yoann contacted me for his project, I was immediately thrilled! It is a project which makes sense and which transmits its message gently while revisiting the codes of the tale in an original way. Yoann already had an idea of the staging, which alternated between real scenes in a very colorful environment, where the little girl who tells the story to her teddy bear, and the scenes that unfold in her imagination: the story that 'she tells.
I was very motivated and I had only one desire, it was to transcribe all the kindness and love that the first reading had inspired in me. I quickly imagined the characters, I hope you will find them endearing! It is a book that will remain in my heart as an illustrator, and, I hope, in that of our readers.