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Chinese 8 years old

What I copied from Kurt Wiese’sYou Can Write Chinese when I was 8.




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James Rumford photo

I like making books & speaking foreign languages.

    I have made books since I was a little boy. I drew the pictures and wrote the words. I still like doing that.

    I have always liked foreign languages as far back as I can remember. When I was eight I decided I wanted to learn Chinese. I have studied more than a dozen languages

    I have always had a fascination with calligraphy, not just calligraphy using Latin letters but the calligraphies of China and Persia.

    I have loved traveling and seeing new and different places. I have lived in Africa and Afghanistan, Arabia and America. I now live in Hawai‘i.

    The books I write and illustrate have all grown out of these passions. They are built around one simple idea:

the world is as big as you want to make it.

tiger Calabash Cat



My wife’s name is Carol. 

Our son Jonathan is a dj in Los Angeles. 

His dj name is connect...the...dots.



Rin Tin Tin

A page from one of the books I wrote and illustrated when I about seven.