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Watercolor winter and inked lines that say Christmas

Watercolor winter and inked lines that say Christmas

In 2002 a special picture book came out with exquisite Yuletide reminiscence by Newbery Medal author Cynthia Rylant and unforgettable watercolor and line art by Caldecott Honor illustrator Diane Goode. Author Julie Lake and I wanted to explore its pages with you on this Christmas Day, 2015!

The book is Christmas in the Country (Scholastic) and you’ll want to have this on your shelf along with other stunning books by Cynthia Rylant and Diane Goode.

Thank you for stopping by. Julie and I wish you a heartfelt Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with progress, light, and love.

Watercolor art by Diane Good for "Christmas in the Country", written by Cynthia Rylant

About The Author

Mark Mitchell

Award-winning children's book author-illustrator Mark G. Mitchell teaches classes in watercolor and children's book illustration at The Contemporary Art School in Austin, Texas.


  1. Charlotte Dixon

    Beautiful way to spend Christmas with a warm story and delightful illustrations. Thank you for this tender moment akin to some of my own childhood memories 🙂 Happy New Year!

  2. Deb Bartsch

    Hi Mark and Julie Lake.
    THank you for this beautiful book, her style is heartfelt and lovely. It makes a good, warm feeling and you can just go back in time to your own early Christmas’. Beautiful !

  3. Virginia Rinkel

    Hi Mark and Julie,

    Finally got a chance to view this video of Christmas in the Country. Thank you for making this video, as it truly is a beautiful book about the Christmas Season, taking a person back in time, showing the tender ways of viewing the season. These illustrations remind me a bit of Quentin Blake’s line approach, a bit more refined. I like the ‘looseness’ of the art, yet it is confined for its purpose of each art piece. The scene in the hallway, seeing a glimpse of the door going downstairs, shows the careful consideration in the composition of that art piece. Simply wonderful. I have not read this book before, but I just checked it out from the library. Thank you again, Mark and Julie for taking the time to do this.


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