“Grandmother Fish gets young children to love the idea that we are descended from animals,” says Tweet. The book coaxes the child to mimic the motions and sounds of five consecutive ancestors or “grandmothers”:
Grandmother Fish will include illustrations of dozens of prehistoric and living animals so children can see that evolution is about diversity, not a linear progression with humans at the top. Tweet has partnered with children’s book and science illustrator Karen Lewis. “The key,” says Lewis, “is to bring life and personality to these animals while staying true to the science behind what we know about them.” Tweet has been consulting with science educators, children’s book authors, and parents to ensure that the book is both scientifically accurate and accessible to children. When finished, Grandmother Fish will be a full-size, full-color, 32-page hardback book.
Tweet was born and raised in Rock Island, where his father, Dr. Roald Tweet was an English professor at Augustana College. Dr. Tweet is also a popular regional historian. Jonathan was the valedictorian of the Rock Island High School class of 1983. He and his late wife moved to Seattle in 1994, where he continued his career as a game designer. Grandmother Fish will be his first children’s book.
Jonathan Tweet is an award-winning, Seattle-based, veteran game designer, having contributed to global brands such as DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, and POKEMON. His innovative game designs earned him a place in The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame, and he has placed a special emphasis on explaining complicated games in simple terms. Grandmother Fish is his first children’s book.
Karen Lewis is a Seattle-based illustrator for children’s storybooks, history, and science. She strives to make her art accessible, accurate and visually delicious. Favorite clients have included the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, the Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Public Utilities, KCTS public television, King County and the National Science Foundation. She’s the resident cartoonist for Cobblestone, an American history magazine for kids. Her children’s book include Will it Blow – Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens, Amazing Alaska and Arturo and the Navidad Birds.
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