Clay Rice, one of the foremost silhouette artists in the world and grandson of legendary silhouette artist Carew Rice, has released two picture books, completely illustrated using his silhouette art (Familius, May 2013).
In The Lonely Shadow Rice weaves a wonderful tale about a small shadow who has lost his boy and goes in search of him. The shadow sings, "I have no you and you have no me, you and me we have no we, but if I find you and you find me, happy we will always be."
In Mama, Let's Make a Moon Rice creates a beautifully poetic story about a humble mountain family who decide to make a moon from the materials they have available to them. Together with the mountain animals, they create the moon, roll it up the mountain, and hang it in the sky for all to see and enjoy.
Both Mama, Let's Make a Moon and The Lonely Shadow draw upon Rice's talents as a national storyteller, songwriter, and artist.
"A great talent who combines soul and passion," -Pat Conroy
"Moving and intriguing, Mama, Let's Make a Moon is charming and much recommended for picture book collections." -Midwest Book Review
". . . a sweet story of companionship." -Kirkus Reviews
In writing The Lonely Shadow Rice, a song writer in addition to artist, drew from the rhythms of song to create a simple and lyrical story of friendship. To create the highly detailed landscape silhouettes for Mama, Let's Make a Moon, Rice spent many weeks doing field study in the Appalachian Mountains. The story explores core values like family, love, relationships, and making something from nothing.