While researching the subject material for the latest installment of Little Katie books, Ms. Dutra worked closely with the fifth grade class of Ms. Hingrajia. Together, they collaborated on illustration ideas for Little Katie Explores the Coral Reefs. Here, you will see the illustration concepts the students worked up. Ms. Dutra enjoyed working closely with the children, helping them to hone their natural artistic abilities. The watercolor painting produced by Ms. Hingrajia’s students were the inspiration for the final illustrations that are found in Little Katie Explores the Coral Reefs.
You will find that the final illustrations mirror quite closely the concept illustrations produced by the students. Ms. Dutra has dedicated this book to the 2017/2018 class of Ms. Hingrajia. She hopes the class enjoyed working with her on this project as much as she enjoyed working with them. It is also her wish that anyone who learns of the story behind the illustrations are also equally encouraged, and continue working on and discovering their artistic path.