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His debut in the world of picture books, which tells the story of Grammy Award-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba, came to Palmer out of the blue. After art director Anne Diebel and editor Grace Kendall saw his work online, he tells me in an email conversation, they reached out to him about illustrating his first children’s book. “Because I have always had a great love and affection for children's books,” he says, “this was an exciting opportunity for me, one that I wasn't willing to pass up.” 

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