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Kirsten Sevig

The Art of Being Happy

In Striped Pears and Polka Dots, Sevig invites readers into her cozy, sunny world of snail mail, patterned socks and knitted sweaters, ice cream and flaky croissants, and dachshunds in sweaters. This perfect gift book will inspire readers to look around and notice all the little happy-makers that surround them in their daily lives.

A world of fancy in a small package, Striped Pears and Polka Dots is filled with Sevig's paintings of rainbow-colored rooftops, striped pears, birds in hats, teacups, cats, and more - all drawn to bring joy to anyone who views them. When the weather is rainy and gray, Sevig paints herself some sunshine. When she feels sad, she paints something colorful to cheer herself up; when anxious, something soothing and repetitive; when overwhelmed, she makes a series of small decisions about what to put on the page and begins to feel empowered. Her sentiments come through in her art and bring happiness, sometimes in the form of small dogs dressed in clothes, to the reader.

Kirsten Sevig is an illustrator based in Minneapolis, MN. She designs stationary, illustrates children's books, and shares her work through her popular Instagram account, @kirstensevig.

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