Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Whimsical Word of the Week

Apricity (n.)
the warmth of the sun in winter.
Example: Any apricity on the mountain slopes was appreciated by the skiers.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Bibliophile's Corner

The Librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe

Flap Copy Description:
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

My Thoughts:
This recently released novel was written by Antonio Iturbe and translated by Lilit Thwaites. It is not only a well-written historical fiction, but a must-read for those interested in the Holocaust. The poignant plot and detailed character development draw you in to this riveting story. I found myself thinking of Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel as I learned about the life of Dita Kraus in The Librarian of Auschwitz. I highly recommend this YA novel to readers aged twelve and up.

Click here to learn about the author Antonio Iturbe.
Click here to read an article about Holocaust survivor, Dita Kraus.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Storyteller's Journey

A Creative Collaboration!

Since I recently completed a revision of our next book, it was time to begin the arduous task of creating the illustrations. (I'm the designer of the art, while Michael is the talented oil painter!)

Once we had finalized the still life arrangement, Michael began the first of twenty oil paintings necessary to complete our next Lindstrom Wintertime Tale - The Whim of Winter.

Here is the almost-complete painting. (Michael just informed me he wants to work on the wool tartan scarf.) We need to complete two illustrations a month to be on schedule to begin formatting next January!

From time to time throughout this year I'll post an update on the progress of our collaboration for The Whim of Winter!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Whimsical Word of the Week

Ardor (n.)
enthusiasm or passion.
Example: The couple's trip to Paris only enhanced the ardor on their anniversary.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Bibliophile's Corner

by Matt de la Peña ~ illustrated by Loren Long

Flap Copy Description:
"In the beginning there is light
and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed
and the sound of their voices is love.
A cab driver plays love softly on his radio
while you bounce in back with the bumps of the city
and everything smells new, and it smells like life."

In this heartfelt celebration of love, Matt de la Peña and illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that's soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

My Thoughts:
Love is a powerful picture book revealing the different faces, and places, where a child might find love. The diversity depicted by Loren Long's beautiful illustrations, as well as the text, is a refreshing message to add to the current discussion in the world of children's books. Matt de la Peña, once again, reveals his passionate heart through his extraordinary storytelling style. I highly recommend Love to readers of all ages!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Storyteller's Journey

A Few Words About Love

At this time of year (at least in the States) our hearts and minds turn toward love, especially on Valentine's Day. However, due to the current state of our country with its unrest and divisiveness, it's a good time to remind ourselves about the need for not only love, but kindness.

No matter what your perspective during these turbulent times, most people would at least agree that we all need to be a bit kinder to one another. We also need to stand up for what is right. Sometimes being loving and kind seems to be at odds with raising our voices for justice. So what's a person to do? I've tussled with this dilemma myself; I believe it's a very personal issue that we each must resolve in our own way. Not every one will march. Not every one will pen their opinions. Not every one will run for office. However, we can each do something that suits our passion & personality. If nothing else, we can each choose to be kinder to the people we come in contact with each day.

As writers of books for children and young adults, it's important that we pen words that not only inspire, inform, and entertain, but that we create stories that encourage and empower our young readers as well.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Whimsical Word of the Week

Faodail (n.)
a lucky find.
Example: The family photograph was a faodail for the woman since it had been lost for years.