A delightful debut about two sisters with big dreams provides a charming introduction to the doljabi, a Korean first birthday tradition. Twig’s first birthday is coming up, and her whole family – especially her older sister, Hazel – is eager to see what she will choose at her doljabi. Whatever item Twig chooses will tell her fortune: Will she pick a hammer and grow up to be a builder? Will she pick a lute and grow up to be a musician? Hazel is hoping that Twig will choose the yarn, just like she did when she was Twig’s age. When the big day arrives and Twig makes an unexpected choice, will Hazel be able to help figure out what the future might hold for her little sister? Sweet, serious Hazel and the adorable Twig are certain to win the hearts of readers, who will long to enter their cozy woodland world.
Brenna is an author and illustrator who lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. Her first book, Hazel and Twig: The Birthday Fortune, is about two tiny mouse sisters. Even though the characters are mice, she used pictures of her daughters as drawing models. She tried to make Hazel and Twig look exactly like them, only…mice. She has a lot of fun thinking about what Hazel and Twig might eat, and to help with this she keeps a field guide to wild edible plants in the studio. When she finds an edible plant outside that she can identify, she sometimes even takes a little nibble.
Her favorite media are ink, watercolor, gouache, and pencil. She is currently working on a new book about Hazel and Twig, and writing new stories about different characters, including some snails, a ghost and an owl, and a kid who wants to swim all night.