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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 6, 2011

Jim Arnosky, Author and Illustrator

Jim is self taught in writing, art and the natural sciences. He has written and illustrated 86 books on nature subjects and has illustrated 46 other books written by various authors. He has been awarded the Christopher Medal, Orbis Pictus Honor, ALA Gordon Award, and Outstanding Science book awards from National Science Teachers Associations.

TCBR: Your picture book, Man Gave Names To All The Animals, by Bob Dylan, was released last year—and may I just add, it’s beautiful. In your note to the readers, you said: “From the first time I heard it, the lyrics created pictures in my mind of a land of primeval beauty, where the sky and earth were new, where plants first grew, and the animals knew no fear. I thought this vision would make a dream of a book, and I asked for Bob Dylan’s permission to make this dream come true. Happily, he said yes.”  Can you tell us more about the process of receiving permission to illustrate a musician’s song? And, most importantly, exactly how you felt when the famous Bob Dylan said yes?