Medium: Watercolor, Pen & Ink
Size: 11″ X 17″
Client: Melissa Reyes / Nomadic Press
Art Direction: Melissa Reyes / Nomadic Press
Author: Melissa Reyes
I Am Sausal Creek is a bilingual Spanish and English picture book about the environmental and cultural history of Oakland told through the voice of a local waterway. It is being published under the Little Nomad children’s book imprint of Nomadic Press.
On the first page of the book, the creek introduces herself and invites the reader to sit and listen to her story. As she winds through memories of watching the Ohlone move freely around her shores, the arrival of people in search of gold, streets being paved, and more, she reminds us that through all of this, her water still flows.
The well-researched text is accompanied by vivid, full-color illustrations created by the talented artist, Robert Trujillo. In the back of the book, there is a two-page supplemental narrative that offers a more in-depth exploration of the history of the Sausal Creek Watershed and the surrounding neighborhoods.