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Big Bear and Little Fish

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The National Council of Teachers of English have named Big Bear and Little Fish (Lerner) by Sandra Nickel, illustrated by Il Sung Na a Charlotte Huck Award recommended book.

Il Sung Na 2022

Il Sung Na

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Painted Words, Inc
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NEW YORK, NY 10025
United States

illustration of Blue pig sitting on rocky cliff over tree covered landscape with geese flying. Image from picture book
illustration of Image from picture book
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illustration of Boy reading book under tree, landscape, ethereal
illustration of Boy looking outside to see tree uprooted, sparse ethereal feel


Il Sung Na was born in Seoul, South Korea. In 2001, he moved to London to pursue a BFA in Illustration and Animation at Kingston University, where he discovered a passion for children’s books. Spending much of his spare time perusing book stores, Il Sung realized that he wanted to be like his new favorite authors and to tell his own stories. He began trying out illustration with various materials – which was a phase of great trial and error! Since those days of experimentation, however, Il Sung has published several books, some of which have gained acclaim with Kirkus starred reviews and recognition in prestigious book lists. Currently based in Baltimore, Il Sung spends time teaching illustration courses and working on new books. On his down time, Il Sung hits the flea markets to expand his collection of old and interesting items, which he then takes home to show off to his wife and small dog.


Digital, Gouache, Stylized, Watercolor, Whimsical


Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Editorial, Education, Landscape, Mystery, Nature, Environmental