Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Join Harriet and Elliot in Italy!

This summer, Harriet Ziefert and Elliot Kreloff will be teaching a class in children's publishing with Art Workshop International in Assisi, Italy. The course is titled "The Art of Making a Children's Picture Book," and will take participants through the process of creating a picture book, from an initial concept to a first-pass dummy. For a full course description and information on how to sign up, click here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Review in the Ohioana Quarterly, Spring 2006, p. 93

40 Uses for a Grandpa, by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Amanda Haley
41 Uses for a Grandma, by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Amanda Haley

Harriet Ziefert and Amanda Haley keep us laughing with their delightful portrayals of the roles played by Grandmas and Grandpas in our lives. Bright, action-filled illustrations accompany each word or phrase.

Grandpa the "Veterinarian" eases a spoonful of medecine towards a skeptical-looking turtle while Grandson looks on. Later, as the "Shelf," Grandpa snoozes peacefully as Grandchild tries to balance a drinking glass on Grandpa's stomach. The reader can almost see the stomach rising and falling with each breath and has to wonder, "What is in the glass?"

Grandma the "Monkey Bars" stands stoically as gleeful grandchildren swing from her outstretchd arms. Her arms are about as thick as the metal bars at the playground, but the reader knows Grandma's willpower makes it work! As the family "Vacation Destination," Grandma smiles joyfully as a family with six children, including a howling baby, arrives on her doorstep.

Ziefert and Haley capture the deep emotion along with the humor. We see grandparents in the roles of "Nurse," "Security Blanket," "Friend," and "Someone to love you when others do not."

These two delightful picture books capture the heart and soul of grandparents. Fun for all. Great gifts.

-Wendy Boortz

Thursday, April 06, 2006

CHILD Magazine Best Book of the Year Awards 2006

SAMi and Harriet Ziefert signing their Best Books of the Year --" Flip-A-Face" at the CHILD Magazine award ceremony held in the Barnes and Noble in NYC.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

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Flip-A-Face Awarded Best Book of the Year by PARENTING Magazine