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FJJ, week 4

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FJJ: Week 3

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FJJ: week 2

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Flatbush Jewish Journal: the letters, week 1

I have collected the dialogue that has been going back and forth in the letters column about Women and pictures in the Flatbush Journal.

(Please note that the articles appear small on screen, but if you click on them they should open larger so you can read them.)

It started with the FJJ reprinting my article that I had published for Jewish Action article as a letter in their 5/12 issue:

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Flowers for Shavuot

Add color to this graphic image, and you’ll have vivid flowers for Shavuot! Just click on the image, print and color.

Chag Sameach!flowersspringblack


(and here it is as a pdf: flowersspringblack)

Frogs in the Bed Coloring page

Frog’s were EVERYWHERE!

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(And here it is if you need it as a JPEG: frogs everywhere)






Of course, if you want more frog related Passover fun, check out Frogs in the Bed!



Esther P. wins!

Congratulations to Esther P. for winning the “Who knows 2?” Passover book raffle.
Happy Pesach to everyone!



Who knows two? GIVEAWAY!

Who knows Two? I know two! TWO are the tablets that Moses brought.

AND….Two are the books that are being given away in my latest GIVEAWAY!

Wanna win? To enter, just add any Passover related comment below. You can list your favorite Passover food, or, if you’d like to take the time to share a fun-for kids Passover idea, I’d love to hear about them.

Good luck!



Purim Megillah coloring page

This coloring page has a twist: Invite kids to  add their own picture of the Esther story into the center! purim megillah
Just click on the image and print. (And if you need it as a pdf, click here: purim megillah)


(PS: If your kids do make some megillah art–feel free to  email it over to to share it with me! I would LOVE to see their creations–and of course I will share it here in my blog, too!)

BLOG TOUR: Amy June Bates

As I just typed in my last post…I  am very pleased to be a stop on the Sydney Taylor Blog Tour!

I got to e-chat with the Sydney Taylor Book Award winners in the Younger Readers Category, the creators of Ketzel the Cat who ComposedAuthor Lesléa Newman and illustrator Amy June Bates.

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Come have a listen:

Hi, Amy.

Tell me about your art style. What media do you work in? 

I work in watercolor, gouache, and pencil.  I love the expression and freedom that I get in  just drawing. Watercolor is an extension of that, but it offers me interesting textures and a fluidity that expresses my reality in a way that resonates, pleases and surprises me.
I notice that you have the composer in a timeless, almost old fashioned wardrobe. And  the book and the illustrations have an old-world feel to them, with lots of browns and sepia.  Was that a conscious decision on your part? 
Each book I do has a different palette and basically it is motivated by the text.  I have an old-fashioned style. I use an old fashioned equipment- paintbrush and paint. You will not find bright pink or computer genorated color schemes in my work.  Beyond that, in this particular book Moshe’s character seemed to be unconcerned with modern life or the whirl of the city, but in a musical world of his own, so I wanted to set him apart. The city and the pedestrians and the backgrounds are a 1990’s city.
How did you decide what the main character should look like? Is he based on the real -life composer’s looks, or did you imagine someone totally new?
 This book isn’t a strict biography. I believe Moshe had a wife and children- although they were not included in the text obviously. Why? because it makes a better and simpler picture book probably. I based the character loosely on what Moshe looked like in real life, but I chose to soften him I guess you could say.
Your illustrations of Ketzel the cat are so charming. How is illustrating a cat character different or similar to illustrating a human? 
I like drawing people. We are infinitely interesting in variety and expression. I find people fascinating, right down to the choice of keychain that they carry.  Animals are so close to humans in construction. Arms, legs, spine, nose, eyes- they have them too.  It is impossible for me not to anthropomorphize  those features when I draw- possibly because I do books for children. However, animals do not carry keychains.
Thanks, Amy! 
Liked that? Read my chat with author Leslea Newman over here.