Anne Sawyer drew inspiration for this story from her lively little niece, who lives so intensely in her imagination that grown-ups around her view her as a troublemaker. Things come to a head when – in addition to all the exotic animals that Nalah has “placed” in the house – a pink tiger “follows” her home from the zoo and creates havoc. The story also celebrates the joyful explosiveness of a child’s imagination.
One day Nalah finds herself bored and lonesome because all of her imaginary friends have gone away on vacation. But wait – not all. Mad Tooth, the little mouse who lives in her sock drawer, is still busy munching away on her knee-highs. When she finds out why Nalah is sad, she offers to take her down through the sock drawer into a mouse metropolis. The result is a tale of wild dancing, cousins and mice, taffy and a sock monster.
Anne was awarded funding from several organizations, including the Jim Henson Foundation. In addition, this activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) from an appropriation by the Minnesota legislature and also made possible by grants from Puppeteers of America Endowment Fund and VSA Minnesota.
Recently, Anne has received an Arts Tour Grant to take Nalah and the Pink Tiger on the road. And thanks to a Partners in Arts Participation grant to the Family Partnership, Anne was able to take her show, book, and art workshops to preschoolers in North Minneapolis and the Phillips Neighborhood. These activities were made possible, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment.