IMG_20160201_235219274.jpgTechnical difficulties… I’m sorry for a delay in our story. My computer finally died. I’ve got a new MacBook Pro now, and am in the process of re-configuring everything.

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My friend, Kellie, and her family came to join us at my parents house for Thanksgiving. Kellie¬†has a three year old son and I wanted to set-up something fun for our kids, so Arthur and I decorated the living room as an interactive story to explain immigration across continents. The right side of the room was our European Village, built from wooden toy blocks. In the center of the room, was a tub of water and a toy boat, representing the oceanic crossing. On the left side of the room was North America. Arthur made teepee out of an old sheet, ¬†all of the brooms in the house (much to my mothers chagrin, since there were no brooms left for cleaning up after the aforementioned toddlers.) North America was a particularly fun place to play with all of the native North American stuffed animals I could collect from around the house. The boys used the ‘three sisters’, (beans corn and squash seeds) to plant fields, grind them and make pretend food. My dad, a retired historian, provided details to support historical accuracy where it was possible.

 

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Okay! I’m back!

Our first stop on vacation was to see some friends and family. We spent Thanksgiving at my parents house in Maryland. My mom had a basket of gourds as decorations. My friends all have kids now, so visiting Maryland fills-up my parents house with people, and lots of them quite young. The kids used the decorative gourds for everything. The littlest kids used them as colorful teeters, the two year old cohort pretended that they were tools for modifying the furniture, and the older kids used them as pretend food for living room picnics. Here is a brief drawing, of some of the variety of colorful, multipurpose, autumn gourds.

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I hope that you’ve enjoyed this series of Axolotl and Tuatara comic strips!

I’m heading off on vacation now. Bad news for you… no new art for about two months. Good news for you… there will probably lots of new exciting art coming in January! I’m bringing my art supplies with me and hope to bring you stories of new ecosystems and new adventures in the new year. Start checking back January 1st, have a Happy Winter!

Sincerely, Em.

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This series of Axolotl and Tuatara cartoons is based on an interview with Nicky Nelson, a professor of conservation biology at the University of Wellington, Victoria in New Zealand. If you’d like to read more about tuatara biology and conservation, please check out the links below:

http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sbs/research/ecology-biodiversity-research/reptile-conservation/

http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sbs/research/ecology-biodiversity-research/tuatara-biology