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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 27th festival is shaping up to be one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Thao Lam studied illustration at Sheridan College in Toronto and works as an art buyer in educational publishing. She has an insatiable love of coloured and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. Passionate about children’s books, Thao is especially interested in visual storytelling. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrators she admires. Skunk on a String is Thao’s first book. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.
In Skunk on a String, we meet a skunk who has been tied to the tail of a balloon. Try as he might, the persistent critter can’t get anyone to untie him. In this wordless story, he’s shooed and swatted through a bustling parade, past the windowpanes of the city’s apartment buildings with their diverse, busy inhabitants, then up to the construction cranes high above the city. The story is told through detailed paper collage art in whimsical colors and patterns. Join author/illustrator Thao Lam for a simple collage activity for young children inspired by this heartwarming, highly visual adventure.