Sylvia Baber is a Brooklyn-based artist who works for public television when she's not daydreaming up new adventures for Pedro the Frog.
Sylvia's goals for Pedro are to create "picture books for adults" starring Pedro, as he tackles lifestyle & fitness (Life by Pedro), mental health and resilience (Affirmations by Pedro and Pedro's Mental Health Toolkit), and stories featuring Pedro and his friends as they playact their way around Monaco and other expensive locales (Pedro and the Long Paw).
Pedro began as a sand-filled satin frog impulse-purchased by Sylvia's best friend Emily at a local boutique, during their high-school days. Christened Pedro, he became the official friendship mascot. Then, tragedy struck. An unsanctioned night out in the rain left Pedro waterlogged, and someone* decided a cycle in the dryer would sort him out. It did not, in fact, sort Pedro out.
*it was totally Emily
Now missing one of his bead eyes, and a lot of the sand out of one leg, Pedro was seemingly a lost cause. The ever-creative Emily bound his leg up in brown thread, and gave him fancy new eyepatch. Overnight, Pedro suddenly became far more charismatic and interesting, and The Adventures of Pedro the Pirate Frog (illustrations by Sylvia) soon became a staple of sophomore Calculus class.*
*In high school, Sylvia was "not the strongest student."
Pedro was a regular feature on the margins of school notes and greeting cards for friends until 2011, when Pedro went online and was restored (on paper) to his whole-frog, pre-dryer-incident self, to everyone's relief, especially Pedro's. Since then, then Pedro has been a dynamic* internet presence to his many, many** fans on PedroTheFrog.com
*a loose term