August in New York City – “Dogs pant. Hydrants are open. Women carry umbrellas for the shade.” Those words were written over twenty years ago during another hot, sticky New York summer and come from my very first picture book, One Hot Summer Day – now in print for twenty years!
Much has changed in the Brooklyn neighborhoods I photographed for this book and the young girl, who stars in the story, is now a grown woman. Not everything changes, however, the experiences of young children at play remain the same. Just last week, my seven year old son splashed in every puddle in sight as we walked slowly home through a summer downpour. We didn’t care about getting wet, we were already soaked and the rain felt cool.
I’ll be reading this book and others at Restoration Plaza in Bed-Stuy this coming Wednesday, August 5 at 1 pm. Please come!