Matthew Pierce and Sara Saunders Introduce Children's Book on Diversity
Illustrator Matthew Pierce, a member of the Puyallup SDA Church in Washington has seen the release of a new children’s book called Swirly. Published by the Review and Herald, it is the story of a little blue girl who moves to a new land with her parents. Surrounded by children who are different colors, she begins to wonder where she belongs.
Author Sara Saunders, a member of the Coquille, Oregon SDA Church, drew on her experiences as a missionary kid when she wrote the book. She says the themes of the book apply to any child learning to relate to others and find their identity in our increasingly globalized world. A child doesn’t have to move to a new country before feeling like they don’t fit in. They can have a similar experience moving across town to a new neighborhood.
Pierce created the fanciful colors of Swirly’s world on the computer, turning out the art for the book in a five-week burst of creativity last summer.
“I hope children are moved by the message of equality in this book,” says Pierce. “Not necessarily as the world defines it, but as God defines it—the equality in value that Christ holds for every soul. If children can realize this truth then perhaps they will understand how we should value each other.”