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School Library Journal STARRED Review ! YAY!

So grateful to Emily Schneider of Imaginary Elevators for this delightful review!

 Check out Emily's blog to read more of her insightful takes on children's books

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To read the full review click here

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Twindergarten featured on Twiniversity.com !

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I'm so excited to be traveling with team ELB to the Tucson Festival of Books to share Finn's Feather by Rachel Noble. Please stop by the ELB Booth​ - 437 - to say hello!

I will be hosting an illustrator demo as well as joining two panel discussions.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 2, 2019:

1:00 – 2:00 - Illustrator Studio: Creating Mood Through Layers of Paint and Pencil. 

4:00 – 5:00 - Creating and Publishing Your First Picture Book, featuring Zoey Abbott, Jacob Kramer, Jonathan Stutzman.

 

Sunday, March 3, 2019:

10:00 – 11:00 Gentle Stories about Hope and Connection. Featuring James Howe, Zoey Abbott, Molly Idle, Juana Martinez-Neal.

Design of the Picture Book 
Feature with Emily Arrow
Finn's Feather Book launch
Green Bean Books in Portland, OR
Sat, June 16 , 1pm

Join me at Green Bean Books for the launch of my forthcoming illustrated picture book by Rachel Noble. It has been a decade long dream to get to work with Enchanted Lion Books!

 

We will read Finn's Feather, eat some dairy and gluten free cookies and do a fun craft. Folks who pre-order from Green Bean Books will get stickers, postcards and a hand made ceramic feather.

Finn's Feather by Rachel Noble

Finn knows his brother, Hamish, is gone. But he also knows that his brother sent the beautiful white feather on his doorstep. Finn runs to shows his mother the feather from Hamish, but she only gives him a big hug. In school, Finn’s teacher responds similarly. Why isn’t anyone as excited as he is? Finn sits quietly, cradling the beautiful, amazing feather. “Why did Hamish give it to you?” asks his friend, Lucas. “Maybe he wanted to say hi?” wonders Finn. “Maybe,” Lucas says, “Hamish wanted you to have fun with it.”  Finn’s Feather is a story about resilience and memory―about a child, his brother, and a friend who meets him where he is.

           "Gr 1-2–Bianca, a young girl with pale skin and curly black hair worn back in a ponytail, writes letters, lots of them, to far-flung family and friends. She loves everything about this correspondence: the creative demands, the stamps, the walk to the post office. The only thing she doesn’t like about her hobby is Yolanda, the post office clerk. In the past, Bianca had unfortunate experiences on Yolanda’s line and now gets so worked up in her imaginings that she projects a monstrous Yolanda, one who eats her patrons. But on the day this story takes place, a “five-letter day,” Bianca vows not to let it be ruined. She gathers her lucky charms, performs special rituals, and prepares. But it’s not luck that turns Bianca’s post office experience around—it’s her ability to transcend her fears and take the first step in developing a friendship with Yolanda, by asking, “How was your weekend?” Yolanda reveals her true appetites: friendly conversation, a good book, and the meal she made from its descriptions. Based on an anecdote from the author’s youth, this very funny story is a lovely little lesson on moving beyond things or people who scare us, and self-realization in tiny moments. Abbott’s sketchy ink, gouache, and colored pencil drawings manifest Bianca’s interior life through the details of her exterior life, full of little wonders that hold the reader’s attention from page to page. 

VERDICT A book that will inspire readers to find their own pen pals, a good book, and a new friend, this is a perfect book for SEL curricula or for a new lesson on friendship."

Reviewed by Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter Sch., Providence , Apr 01, 2021