The ABCs of What I Can Be
by Caitlin McDonagh
Caitlin McDonagh explores possible life choices in this charming picture book. The alphabet serves as a template for exploring career options. Most pages are divided into quandrants showcasing a quartet of possibilities. For example, the letter L page illustrates a landscaper, lawyer, librarian, and lifeguard. Amazingly, there are four careers for the letter X: xerophytic gardener, xylophone player, x-ray technician, and exobiologist. Less familiar careers can pique curiosity and send youngsters researching, which can promote some interesting discussions.
Personal note: As a Kindergartner, my son learned the word "paleontologist" and declared that was what he wanted to be when he "grew up." For him, cool word equaled cool careers.
McDonagh is a recent magna cum laude graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her style is visually arresting and highly symbolic. Here is a sample of her work. Experience more of her art on her website.
Caitlin McDonagh is a visual artist and illustrator born and raised on Vancouver Island who creates intricate illustrative works that are deeply inspired by folklore, storytelling, traditions, architecture as well as various real and un-real sources. She works in a base of acrylagouache paints that lend well to her attention to detail, pattern work, and vibrant colours.