JAMES CITY-Laurel Palmer, a lifelong painter and illustrator, published her first solo book, Animal’s Alphabet, on February 15. The children’s alphabet book utilizes alliteration on every page, with each word beginning with the same letter of the alphabet. Coupled with whimsically drawn people and animals, upper and lower case letters of the alphabet are featured on each page so the reader can decipher how to write them. Her first ‘rough draft’ of Animal’s Alphabet was given as a Christmas present to her nieces and nephews more than two decades ago.
The artist was raised in a traditional Mormon household by two parents who put their family first. “My mom didn’t work, and she put herself last,” said Palmer. “She had nine kids, kept a very clean house, planted a garden, did food storage, and canned. This was the Mormon way.”
Palmer’s mom also planted the seed of confidence in the budding artist’s mind. Palmer’s first memory of creating art was when she was about four years old plopped in front of the television watching a do-it-yourself drawing segment.
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