Awards for Woodacre author

07/10/2014

“The Infinite Song,” a children’s book written and illustrated by Woodacre resident Andrea Freeman, is inspired by the Genesis story (though God takes a female pronoun). The first few pictures are swirls of deep blues, yellows, reds and purples, the amorphous beginnings of the universe from which God invents: “So with Her great might/She condensed the Light,/and held it as one might hold clay;/and from Her infinite mind/began to unwind/images with which to play.” The pictures—painted in acrylics and watercolors—showcase the diversity of life that Ms. Freeman calls “our kin.” The book takes a turn after the creation of the universe when the reader encounters a forlorn man, gazing out his window amidst the drear of city life, who “has a great longing/for a sense of belonging.” The book, which won 2014 International and Independent Publisher’s Book Awards, ends on a hopeful note because, as Ms. Freeman said, despite the critical juncture we face in terms of our relationship to the earth, “we can potentially turn things around by the same magic” with which the world began. “There is no separation between any of us. We are all part of this unfolding, humans, animals, rocks… and hence the infinite song emerged,” she said. “The Infinite Song” is available at local bookstores and through Barnes and Noble and Amazon.