Thursday, April 15, 2010

Author & Illustrator Laurel Croza & Matt James!

Author and illustrator team, Laurel Croza and Matt James, share their book, I Know Here, a story that will resonate with anyone who has moved to a new place at the Turning Pages Literary Festival as part of the day long celebration of books for children and teens on May 15th. Laurel & Matt will be presenting at 12:30pm at The Musem (10 King St. W. Kitchener).

Laurel Croza lived near four dam sites when she was a child, moving nine times and attending six schools before she was fourteen. I Know Here is based on her memories of leaving Saskatchewan for Toronto. Laurel lives in Markham, Ontario.

Matt James is a noted painter, illustrator and musician. His first book, Yellow Moon, Apple Moon by Pamela Porter, was a Governor General’s Award finalist for illustration. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

In, I Know Here, a little girl lives with her family in a trailer in northeastern Saskatchewan, where her father is building a dam. She knows everything about the place she lives — her road, her school, the forest where she plays hide-and-seek and where the wolf howls at night, the hill where she goes tobogganing in winter . . . But the dam is nearly finished and when summer comes the family is moving to Toronto — a place marked by a big red star on the map at school.
“Have people in Toronto seen what I’ve seen?” the little girl asks. And with her teacher’s help she finds a way to keep everything she loves about home.
This simple, beautifully written story, complemented by Matt James’s vibrant, imaginative illustrations, will resonate deeply with anyone who has had to leave their home for a new place.

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