"When Satomi Ichikawa decided she would like to illustrate books for children, she visited a bookstore in London and copied down the names and addresses of publishers. She then simply walked to the address that seemed the closest, her rough sketches in hand. Today, she is known the world over as a celebrated illustrator and accomplished storyteller, and there are more than 50 books that bear the Satomi Ichikawa name. Born in Japan, Ms. Ichikawa traveled to Paris as a young woman and has lived there for over thirty years. However, her inspiration comes from all over the world. She loves traveling to other countries, where she sketches the countryside and gets to know the people of the villages and cities where she stays. But Ms. Ichikawa always come back to Paris, where she feels the beauty of everyday life enriches her work. The Luxembourg Gardens is one of her favorite places to watch the children, teenagers, parents, and grandparents who gather there to enjoy its beautiful scenery. The recipient of several awards for her artwork, Ms. Ichikawa is the illustrator of the popular Tanya books and the best-selling You Are My I Love You. "She also has over twenty of her own books for young people, including the Nora series, The First Bear in Africa "and My Pig Amarillo.
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