The Story of Hanukkah has been the gift that keeps on giving! And I have so much to be thankful for this holiday season.
On Dec 4th I opened the New York Times Book Review to find my book one of the three Hanukkah choices for the season and my art illustrating the article.
This came after a lovely review from The Horn Book Magazine and The School Library Journal
“Acrylic illustrations richly accented with deep blues and luminous golds recall ancient friezes and ceramics.” (Elissa Gershowitz, The Horn Book Magazine)
The simple, accessible text is enhanced by acrylic spreads in rich, warm colors that bring both solemnity and excitement to the story.” (Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library)
Meanwhile, November 19th was the opening to the exhibition of the original art from this book in the Children’s Gallery at the Danforth Museum. I love how all the children’s art is hung 9 inches lower for easy viewing for the kids. It was a new experience for me to see my work in an open forum rather than the confines of a picture book. It was a wonderful evening and filled with the riches of being surrounded by family and friends.
A very special thank you to Katherine French, the director of the Danforth Museum, Jessica Roscio, Assistant Curator and Museum Registar, and Michael Lupacchino, Membership Marketing Associate. They were wonderful to work with and it was an amazing experience.
The Danforth Museum is a must-see! My exhibit is up until January 15, 2012.
The cover on the left is done by Sterling Weber, an artist you have seen before and who we will no doubt be seeing again and again.
I would like to thank the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, New Hampshire for always making me feel welcome. We had a very successful book signing and they so kindly provided books for my other signings.
Special thanks to Rabbi Beth Davidson at Temple Adath Yeshurun for inviting me to sign books at their crafts fair as well as her valuable look at the dummy stage assuring me that my pictures were “kosher.” Thank you to Heidi Lovitz, the Director of Education and Programming and Rabbi Jonathan Spira-Savett at Temple Beth Abraham. I read The Story of Hanukkah to their Sunday school children last week followed with a book signing.
Thank you to Penny Schwartz and Nancy Bean Foster for their lovely articles and to everyone who bought books!!!
To all, HAPPY HANUKKAH!!!