Visual details in MY MOTHER’S DAUGHTER

 Throughout the story

       The colors of the five-band frame surrounding each image represent the hair colors of the five main characters.  The inner-most band matches the hair color of the main character portrayed in the specific illustration.

       The star colors reflect the clothing colors of each of the characters in the story.

The Characters     

 To make it easier to keep characters straight, each Mother/Daughter pair has the same hair color, eye color, skin color, and dress colors:

           *Math Mother/Soccer Child have black hair and brown eyes.  Their outfits are green and yellow.

            *Painter Mother/Doll Maker Child have red oxide hair and green eyes.  Their outfits are red, white and yellow.

            *Professor Mother/Hardware Store Child have brown hair and blue eyes.  There outfits are shades of blue.

             *The Russian Matriarch and the “Is Me” Child are not mother and daughter, but the oldest and youngest characters.  They share hair color (bronze yellow) and eye color (grey) and skin color. The characters on the front cover and title page share these attributes (bronze yellow hair and grey eyes and skin color). 

The Symbols  

   Symbols: Specific symbols are used for each character on the symbol circle pages:

          Clockwise: The stove & stylized pine trees represent the Russian matriarch.

          Daughter Symbols:  The cash register & cans represent the hardware store child

                              The doll, needle and thread represent the doll making child.

                              The soccer ball represents the soccer playing child.

                              The stars represents the “it’s me’ child. The colors of the stars represent clothes colors of the hardware store child the soccer child, and the” it’s me” child.

        Adult Symbols: The mathematics diagram represents the math mother.

                         The ballerina pushing 2 cats represents the painter mother.

                         The blue Ph.D. tam represents the professor mother.

                       

The Title Page

      The title page character (TPC) is a somewhat old fashion amalgam of all the characters:

      The TPC  hair, eyes, & skin coloring are those of the Russian Matriarch & “Is Me” characters.

      The TPC kerchief and blouse are those of the Russian matriarch. The pine tree and purple squiggles near her boots & on her apron also reference the Russian matriarch.  The TPC jumper has the Professor Mother’s/hardware store Daughter’s light and dark blue clothing colors. The book in the apron pocket and hammer also reference these characters.  TPC’s yellow apron references the painter Mother/doll-making daughter.  The green boots are the Math Mother/Soccer playing Daughter’s color and the soccer ball and numbers near the boots reference these characters.  The stars on the right are the symbols of the “is me” character. Finally, the banner, displays the theme of the story using stacked words, in scroll fashion: mother daughter.

 

Double Page Spread

    Houses on the left side represent Mothers:

               The Math Mother house has a black roof top (hair color), is painted yellow & green (clothing colors), and has numbers on the curtain and instead of usual flower heads by the front lawn.

                The Painter Mother house has an oxide red roof (hair color), is painted red with white dots and yellow detailing (clothing colors), and has cats in the windows.

               Professor Mother’s house has a brown roof (hair color), is painted shades of blue (dress colors) and has books in the window.

               The Russian Matriarch house has a bronze yellow roof (hair color), is painted in purple and black with blue sparkles (dress colors), has windows with the dress pattern,  has chimney (for the stove) and pink door (stove color), and a pine tree (symbol of matriarch).

 

   The House & tree on the right side represents the Russian Matriarch.  The Cottages represent the daughters:

        The hardware store daughter cottage has a brown roof (hair color), is painted shades of blue (dress colors), and has cans, a hammer, and a bottle on the front porch swing.

        The doll making daughter cottage has a red oxide roof (hair color), is painted red, white, and yellow (dress colors) and has a teddy bear and doll on the front porch swing.

       The soccer playing daughter cottage has a black roof (hair color), is painted yellow and green (clothes colors) and has soccer balls on the front porch swing.

       The “is me” daughter cottage has a bronze yellow roof (hair color), is painted blue and green (dress colors), and has stars on the front porch swing.

 

Other Visual Tidbits

     Math writing on the Math Mother’s black board can be found in algebra and calculus texts.

     The little ballerina in the Painter’s Mother’s painting is a dark skinned child.  She is wearing pink tights and a tutu.  The scooter that the cats are balanced on is called a “wee buggy.”

     The Professor Mother’s green satchel carries important papers.  The cap on her head is a Ph.D tam.  The tassel is on the left because she is a Ph.D.  She doesn’t have a lap top on her kitchen table because lap tops weren’t invented yet.

     The Russian Matriarch sleeping on the stove is painted to resemble the Russian nesting dolls, called Matryoshkas.  There is a bit of artistic license in how the stove was painted but people did and do still sleep on stoves to stay warm.

    The halo on the hardware store daughter is just slightly off center, as is the placement of the shelving, counter and floor.  It is possible that this daughter, every so often, did get into mischief.

     The doll making daughter is kneeling on a rug resembling one the artist had as a child (and still has).  The paintings on the wall are copied from paintings that hung on the wall of the author’s bedroom when she was a child.  The doll in the bed in the book shelf is brown skinned because the brown skinned ballerina wanted someone else in the story to look like her.

     The soccer playing daughter played a lot of soccer.  That’s why there are so many balls.

     The “is me” daughter is dressed in orange and blue.  These are the colors of the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL, where the soccer playing daughter grew up and the painter mother still lives.

 

Visual details in MY MOTHER’S DAUGHTER

 Throughout the story

       The colors of the five-band frame surrounding each image represent the hair colors of the five main characters.  The inner-most band matches the hair color of the main character portrayed in the specific illustration.

       The star colors reflect the clothing colors of each of the characters in the story.

The Characters     

 To make it easier to keep characters straight, each Mother/Daughter pair has the same hair color, eye color, skin color, and dress colors:

           *Math Mother/Soccer Child have black hair and brown eyes.  Their outfits are green and yellow.

            *Painter Mother/Doll Maker Child have red oxide hair and green eyes.  Their outfits are red, white and yellow.

            *Professor Mother/Hardware Store Child have brown hair and blue eyes.  There outfits are shades of blue.

             *The Russian Matriarch and the “Is Me” Child are not mother and daughter, but the oldest and youngest characters.  They share hair color (bronze yellow) and eye color (grey) and skin color. The characters on the front cover and title page share these attributes (bronze yellow hair and grey eyes and skin color). 

The Symbols  

   Symbols: Specific symbols are used for each character on the symbol circle pages:

          Clockwise: The stove & stylized pine trees represent the Russian matriarch.

          Daughter Symbols:  The cash register & cans represent the hardware store child

                              The doll, needle and thread represent the doll making child.

                              The soccer ball represents the soccer playing child.

                              The stars represents the “it’s me’ child. The colors of the stars represent clothes colors of the hardware store child, the soccer child, and the” it’s me” child.

        Adult Symbols: The mathematics diagram represents the math mother.

                         The ballerina pushing 2 cats represents the painter mother.

                         The blue Ph.D. tam represents the professor mother.

                       

The Title Page

      The title page character (TPC) is a somewhat old fashion amalgam of all the characters:

      The TPC  hair, eyes, & skin coloring are those of the Russian Matriarch & “Is Me” characters.

      The TPC kerchief and blouse are those of the Russian matriarch. The pine tree and purple squiggles near her boots & on her apron also reference the Russian matriarch.  The TPC jumper has the Professor Mother’s/hardware store Daughter’s light and dark blue clothing colors. The book in the apron pocket and hammer also reference these characters.  TPC’s yellow apron references the painter Mother/doll-making daughter.  The green boots are the Math Mother/Soccer playing Daughter’s color and the soccer ball and numbers near the boots reference these characters.  The stars on the right are the symbols of the “is me” character. Finally, the banner, displays the theme of the story using stacked words, in scroll fashion: mother daughter.

 

Double Page Spread

    Houses on the left side represent Mothers:

               The Math Mother house has a black roof top (hair color), is painted yellow & green (clothing colors), and has numbers on the curtain and instead of usual flower heads by the front lawn.

                The Painter Mother house has an oxide red roof (hair color), is painted red with white dots and yellow detailing (clothing colors), and has cats in the windows.

               Professor Mother’s house has a brown roof (hair color), is painted shades of blue (dress colors) and has books in the window.

               The Russian Matriarch house has a bronze yellow roof (hair color), is painted in purple and black with blue sparkles (dress colors), has windows with the dress pattern,  has chimney (for the stove) and pink door (stove color), and a pine tree (symbol of matriarch).

 

   The House & tree on the right side represents the Russian Matriarch.  The Cottages represent the daughters:

        The hardware store daughter cottage has a brown roof (hair color), is painted shades of blue (dress colors), and has cans, a hammer, and a bottle on the front porch swing.

        The doll making daughter cottage has a red oxide roof (hair color), is painted red, white, and yellow (dress colors) and has a teddy bear and doll on the front porch swing.

       The soccer playing daughter cottage has a black roof (hair color), is painted yellow and green (clothes colors) and has soccer balls on the front porch swing.

       The “is me” daughter cottage has a bronze yellow roof (hair color), is painted blue and green (dress colors), and has stars on the  front porch swing.

 

Other Visual Tidbits

     Math writing on the Math Mother’s black board can be found in algebra and calculus texts.

     The little ballerina in the Painter’s Mother’s painting is a dark skinned child.  She is wearing pink tights and a tutu.  The scooter that the cats are balanced on is called a “wee buggy.”

     The Professor Mother’s green satchel carries important papers.  The cap on her head is a Ph.D tam.  The tassel is on the left because she is a Ph.D.  She doesn’t have a lap top on her kitchen table because lap tops weren’t invented yet.

     The Russian Matriarch sleeping on the stove is painted to resemble the Russian nesting dolls, called Matryoshkas.  There is a bit of artistic license in how the stove was painted but people did and do still sleep on stoves to stay warm.

    The halo on the hardware store daughter is just slightly off center, as is the placement of the shelving, counter and floor.  It is possible that this daughter, every so often, did get into mischief.

     The doll making daughter is kneeling on a rug resembling one the artist had as a child (and still has).  The paintings on the wall are copied from paintings that hung on the wall of the author’s bedroom when she was a child.  The doll in the bed in the book shelf is brown skinned because the brown skinned ballerina wanted someone else in the story to look like her.

     The soccer playing daughter played a lot of soccer.  That’s why there are so many balls.

     The “is me” daughter is dressed in orange and blue.  These are the colors of the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL, where the soccer playing daughter grew up and the painter mother still lives