Ohara Hale is a multi-disciplinary artist. Born in Hollywood, Hale,
who spent her youth in the Midwest and formative years in Los
Angeles and other parts of the universe, now lives in Montreal.
She works as a fine artist, illustrator, director, animator, voiceover actor, graphic designer and art director. Hale shares her studio with her dog, Banana, who looks like a pig and snorts like one, which is great because Hale loves pigs as much as she loves dogs.So Banana serves as a two-in-one combopet. Hale loves all creatures, including spiders and even snakes!
A Brain Pickings Best Children's Book of 2018
"The rambunctiously designed illustrations of bugs, plants, fruit, snails, and other aspects of the natural world are done in simple, warm, unshaded colors and black crayonlike outlines that echo and support the narrative's ingenuousness, as does the hand-lettered text. It doesn't take itself too seriously-some segments are endearingly silly, especially the asides of some of the critters voicing their opinions. What sets this book apart from so many others with the same theme of the nourishment derived from connecting with life is its infectious joy, delivered simply and sincerely."-STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews
"Hale beckons eye, heart, and mind to drink in the glorious aliveness of the world with a generous curiosity, evocative of Simone Weil's assertion that 'attention is the rarest and purest kind of generosity.' [...] Playful levity and vibrancy carry the deeper soulfulness of the message, which unfolds with a songlike quality - a sort of hymn in word and image."-Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
"Part mindfulness meditation, part delirious flight of fancy, this unusual picture book encourages readers to pause, quiet down, and take in the world, senses open. ...Hale creates winsome expressions in the plants, fruits, and creatures that fill her sherbet-colored pages, and the text's surprising blend of profound questions and wild goofiness forms a unique invitation to delight in life and its smallest wonders."-Publishers Weekly
"A lasting reminder to slow down and let the world fill you up"- Matthew C. Winner of The Children's Book Podcast
"A bright splash of poetic genius splashed across any day. With exuberant illustrations this book beckons smiles."-Jesica Sweedler DeHart, The Wandering Bookseller
"Incredibly charming, sweet, and meditative." -Anabela Piersol, @fieldguided
"This book is just so tranquil and lovely. It is all about slowing down to enjoy the sweet and simple things that this beautiful life has to offer. Its rhythmic text and whimsical illustrations are everything and it has jumped to the top pile of my new favorite things this spring. It is honestly a refreshing breath of fresh air that I could read over and over again in succession." -Clarissa, Book Nerd Mommy
"...A book that is a celebration of the senses..." -The Book Beat (Detroit, MI)
"Using simple, soothing meter and rhyme, the book speaks to young kids about the need to slow down and the joy of living, all in the context of their own childhood experience. The artwork is delightfully whimsical and the muted color speaks to this idea of measured calm. I wholeheartedly recommend it, especially to those of us who feel inspired by the slow living movement." -Rebecca, The Bookplate