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Kim Jacobs
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Kim Jacobs is an artist and author with a number of children’s books already to her name. Kim has, so far, completed two books for Wisdom Tales. For her most recent, Princess Sophie and the Six Swans: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm, she wrote the text and did the beautiful illustrations for this retelling of a classic story by the Brothers Grimm. Kim Jacobs’ first contribution to Wisdom Tales books was as the illustrator of the festive fairytale book Princess Rosie’s Rainbows (2015), written by Bette Killion.

Many who see these books without having read her earlier books such as Cottage Cats: My Companions on the Path to Joy or Celebrate Today, might still recognize Kim’s art. This is because Kim Jacobs has been a professional illustrator for 30 years and her art has appeared in books and magazines and on a wide array of gifts, toys, fine art prints, greeting cards, calendars, and other stationery products. They have sold in the millions throughout the world.

Kim’s website says this about her early influences as an artist:

[Kim] began her illustration journey fascinated by early children’s book and fairy tale illustrators such as Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham, and Howard Pyle, and the beautiful watercolors of Swedish artist Carl Larsson. Training herself as a painter, Kim gained insight into color and composition from the Dutch masters of her ancestral home, and practiced by drawing figures from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

A look at Kim Jacob’s art reveals the result of these studies: Paintings which are finely crafted, with a master’s grasp of her materials. The spirit behind the technique is also revealed in these paintings, and Wisdom Tales is honored to have Kim Jacob’s as a contributor to our books.

Here is a bit more from Kim’s website:

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While still in college, Kim began her professional career with her illustration of numerous stories for early childhood education. Initially working towards fulfilling a childhood dream of illustrating fairy and folk tales, the opportunity arose to begin illustrating for greeting cards in 1982 and after great success and expansion into a wide range of other products, she began the pieces for her first Cobblestone Way calendar for the year 1990. A tradition was born which has consumed most of her illustration energies since. The calendar, now called "Cottage Cats" is available through her new publisher Seller's Publications in four formats and is celebrating its 21st year!

From the very beginning, each month’s painting, as well as all of Kim’s illustrations, were founded in Kim’s love of creation and her fascination with worlds in transformation — from soil to garden, infant to adult, blank paper to colorful composition. She has drawn inspiration from many diverse sources such as art, literature, dreams, fantasies and from her own extensive travels, blending all together to portray unique places that exist nowhere and anywhere.

Kim grew up in the wonderful world of coastal California, and there she met her soul mate Bob. Together they began a journey in search of their shared dream of a country homestead. But no matter where Kim has found herself from the beautiful mid-coast of California, to a wild river valley in Oregon and finally to the far coast of Maine where they have settled on 131 acres of fields and forest, in a home powered by the sun, her paintings have continued to reflect her surroundings as well as the detailed worlds of her imagination.

Awards for this Author’s Wisdom Tales Books

  • Princess Sophie and the Six Swans: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm:
    • Finalist in the “Best Interior Design” category of the 2018 Best Book Awards
    • Finalist in the “Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction” category of the 2018 Best Book Awards
    • Finalist in the 2018 Maine Literary Awards
    • Finalist in the 2017 Foreword INDIES Awards in the category “Picture Books, Early Reader”

Author Extras & Links

  • Readers will enjoy visiting Kim Jacob’s website, which has an extensive biography, many sections with samples of her beautiful art, and links to where you can purchase her books, calendars, original art, or many other products that feature her work.

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