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Cynthia Weill

Publication

“Let’s Work”

Hometown

New York City

Bio

Cynthia Weill uses folk arts from around the world to illustrate basic concepts for children. Her current series employs handicrafts commissioned from artisans in oaxaca, mexico to teach children the alphabet, opposites, colors, numbers, jobs and animal sounds in spanish and english.

About "Let's Work"

Cynthia Weill scores again with an early concept book that bring every kind of job to life, including the work of the dedicated palm weavers of Flavio Gallardo’s workshop, whose miniature palm weavings illustrate this playful book, teaching children words for work in two languages. The weavers live in the village of Chigmecatitlán in the Mixteca part of the Mexican state of Puebla. With tremendous skill and patience, the artisans of this region practice palm weaving, a craft which came to Mexico even before the arrival of the Spanish in the early 15th century. Imagine being able to hold all of the illustrations in one book in the palms of your hands. You can do that with the tiny weavings in Let’s Work. Most pieces are no larger than a dime!