Illustrations and sketches for the children's picture book, The Mermaid's Gift written by Claudia Cangilla McAdams, illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner, published by Pelican Publishing, September 2015.
Written by Claudia Cangilla McAdam Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company (September 1, 2015) ISBN: 978-1455621088
In this adaptation of an Italian folktale, the young fisherman Gianni braves the thawing, ice-bound lagoon of Burano to catch fish to feed the starving people of his island. His fiancée, Nicoletta, prays for his safety. Gianni, swept from his fishing boat, is rescued by a mermaid who whips the water into a length of elegant lace, which she gives to Gianni for Nicoletta’s wedding veil. This gorgeously illustrated tale recounts the mythical origins of Burano lace, whose production has long been a vital part of the island’s economy and vibrant culture, ensuring the islanders would never go hungry. The lace is still famed throughout the world for its scalloped, wave-like patterns.