Storybook Brushes Calendar - Giveaway

I hope you all had lovely holidays and I wish you all a little belated but nonetheless very happy new year with lots of exciting things to happen and dreams to come true!
To start the new year off in a rightly manner the Storybook Brushes ladies, Juana Martinez-Neal, Angela Matteson, Katriona Chapman and me, decided to hold a giveaway of our calendar. We will all do blogposts over the next couple of days revealing more art from the calendar. If you would like to be counted in the "pot" of possible winners, simply leave a comment on one of our related blog posts. So I am the lucky one to announce the giveaway we are holding for the next two weeks. All comments made either here or on the ladies' blogs entered by 20th January 2013 will be considered. By the way Katriona will be next with posting a new illustration on her blog on Monday.

But enough said about the giveaway. Here is a new piece I illustrated for our group project Storybook Brushes. It shows the story of "The Star Talers" by the Brothers Grimm. I am not sure whether it is well known around the globe, but I still remember it from my childhood. It was one of my favorite among many others of course and as it is only short I thought I post it here for you to maybe read to your little ones while also enjoying the illustration to go with it.

The Star Talers by The Brothers Grimm

  Once upon a time there was a little girl whose father and mother had died, and she was so poor that she no longer had a room to live in, nor a bed to sleep in, and at last she had nothing else but the clothes she was wearing and a little piece of bread in her hand that some charitable soul had given her. She was good and pious, however. And as she was thus forsaken by all the world, she went forth into the country, trusting in dear God.
  Then a poor man met her, who said, "Ah, give me something to eat, I am so hungry."
She handed him her entire piece of bread, saying, "May God bless it for you," and went on her way.
Then came a child who moaned and said, "My head is so cold. Give me something to cover it with." So she took off her cap and gave it to the child. And when she had walked a little farther, she met another child who had no jacket and was freezing. So she gave her jacket to that child, and a little farther on one begged for a dress, and she gave her dress away as well. At length she made her way into a forest and it was already dark. Then there came yet another child, and asked for a shift, and the pious girl thought to herself, "It is a dark night and no one can see you. You can very well give your shift away," and she took it off, and gave it away as well.
  And thus she stood there, with nothing left at all, when suddenly some stars fell down from heaven, and they were nothing else but hard shining talers, and although she had just given her shift away, she was now wearing a new one which was of the very finest linen. Then she gathered together the money into it, and was rich all the days of her life.


  1. I love the illustration for the Star Talers. I didn't think I knew the story, but I do! It's incorporated into Anne Ursu's book Breadcrumbs.

    I'd love to have a calendar!
    And I look forward to more illustrations.

  2. Happy New Year!
    I love the story and the illustration. So beautiful!
    Also looking forward to more illustrations.

  3. I would love to be considered for this lovely giveaway!


  4. What a sweet illustration! I've not heard that story before. I love a new fairy tale!

  5. Marie,

    I liked, Tweeted, facebooked and I am posting on my blog for tomorrow. I hope you got my e-mail about being featured on Illustrator Saturday.


  6. Maria! This is an excellent idea! I love what you all have done... and I can't wait to see a copy of it! And hang it up in my room :) You have great taste in illustrator friends! :) And writer friends :) hee hee

  7. Lovely illustration and wonderful blog!!! And a beautiful calendar too!

  8. Extremely well done, very nice! It's great to have artists like you - they brighten up the world! Keep going!

  9. Beautiful illustrations, and lovely calendar.


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