So Near, And Yet So Far, is a children’s book about a young Jewish girl, Klara, and her historic voyage on the MS St. Louis as it fled Nazi Germany in 1939. I was honored to be asked by the Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa, to illustrate the story last summer. The book gave me an opportunity to understand how a book is made, and realize the tremendous amount of work that goes into creating each and every page. Since this was the first book I illustrated, it has been rather difficult not to share what I have been working on with you. Honestly, I have two other huge projects that have captured 2011, that have yet to be released. I can’t wait to show you.