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"Play, Said The Earth to Air" Special Storyhour with Richard Lewis

Event date: 
Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 2:30pm

Join author Richard Lewis for a special storyhour of his whimsical picture book Play, Said the Earth to the Air.

In his poem, Play, Said the Earth to Air, Richard Lewis invites us to experience once again the play that makes up light and air, colors and sounds, as they are brought together with all that is playful in our individual ways of knowing and imagining.

With evocatively rendered images by Heidi Neilson, transformed from an original puppet stage created by Gigi Alvaré for an arts and education project of the Touchstone Center, this book celebrates and unites the play of the natural world with what is equally and profoundly at play in each of us. A collaboration that is necessary, perhaps now more than ever, for the well-being of all that is alive.

Richard Lewis is the founder and director of the Touchstone Center for Children. His recent books, published by Touchstone Center Publications, include collaborations with teaching-artists.
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ISBN: 9781929299126
Availability: Special Order
Published: Touchstone Center Publications - July 15th, 2013

"Elephant's Story" with Tracey Pearson

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:30am


Award-winning author and illustrator Tracey Pearson will read her picture book Elephant's Story and lead kids in drawing activities at this special story hour.

In Elephant's Story, Gracie loses her favorite book. Thankfully, Elephant finds it – but when he sneezes, the book’s words go everywhere, mixing up the letters.
Elephant's friends -- alligator, seal, monkey, and bear -- try to help, but the words they create from the flyabout letters are not quite right. 

Children ages 3 - 7 will love this story of the befuddled Elephant and his animal pals and, like Gracie, they might just be inspired create a few words of their own.

Author-illustrator Tracey Campbell Pearson gets kids. She understands what it takes to get a child to say, “Read it again, please.” With both carefully chosen words and chock-full-of-energy illustrations, Pearson tells her stories with a pace and rhythm that has kids anxious to turn the page to see what’s next – and she throws in a bit of humor to keep them laughing along the way.

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ISBN: 9780374399139
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 22nd, 2013

"Africa is My Home" with Monica Edinger

Event date: 
Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 2:30pm

Author and former Peace Corp volunteer Monica Edinger visits Bank Street Bookstore to present her historical novel, Africa Is My Home: A Child of The Amistad.

When a drought hits her homeland in Sierra Leone, nine-year-old Magulu is sold as a pawn by her father in exchange for rice. But before she can work off her debt, an unthinkable chain of events unfolds.

Narrated in a remarkable first-person voice, this fictionalized book of memories of a real-life figure retells history through the eyes of a child -- from seeing mirrors for the first time and struggling with laughably complicated clothing to longing for family and a home she never forgets.

Lush, full-color illustrations by Robert Byrd, plus archival photographs and documents, bring an extraordinary journey to life.

Monica Edinger is an educator and reviews children’s books for the New York Times, The Horn Book, and other publications. She began her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone. Monica Edinger lives and works in New York City.

Robert Byrd is the illustrator of the Newbery Medal–winning Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz as well as numerous other award-winning books. He lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
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By Monica Edinger, Robert Byrd (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763650384
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 8th, 2013