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Little ones will enjoy this enlightening encounter with people from many cultures showing their love for each other.
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Ann Morris's many books include Families, Bread Bread Bread, Hats Hats Hats, On the Go, and Loving. She lives in New York City.
As a children's book writer, Ann Morris has been able to successfully integrate her varied experiences in teaching young children, travel, writing, and editing. Having grown up in the polyglot public schools of New York City, where each child's ethnic heritage was revealed by his name or by the contents of the lunch box from home filled with sausages, egg rolls, matzos, or pizza, she developed a strong Interest In cultures other than her own. " I'm a gypsy by nature," she says. "I always have my suitcase packed."
She and photographer Ken Heyman once traveled across the United States to document the lives often different families. Both she and the teacher's pupils liked the snake charmer/teacher who taught class in a circus trailer with her favorite boa around her neck. Although Ms. Morris has never tried this stunt he herself, she has taught children in public and private schools in New York City, and adults at Bank Street College, Columbia Teachers College, New York University, and Queens College of the City University of New York. More recently she has been teaching writing for children at The New School.
Ann Morris left teaching to become editorial director of Scholastic's early childhood department. Now she devotes her professional time to writing and all her other time to 11 people watching, music in any and all Forms, cat care, cooking and eating, and travel." All of these experiences, she says, provide material for her books.
In Israel Ms. Morris was caught up in the enchantment of the place as well as the conflicts that are a consequence of its history. One of her books, When Will They Stop Fighting? (Atheneum), reflects her concern about children who have become the victims of these conflicts.
Ann Morris worked with photographer Ken Heyman while producing an award-winning series of sound-filmstrips for young children. Since then the author-photographer team has created several books in a multicultural series for Lothrop, including Hats, Hats, Hats; Shoes, Shoes, Shoes; and Bread, Bread, Bread. Her interest in travel and the arts brought her to the famous Vaganova, Academy, where children of the famous Kirov ballet company are instructed. This resulted in On Their Toes (Atheneum), followed by Dancing to America (Dutton), photographed by Paul Kolnik. The latter book is about one of the Russian children and his family who emigrated to New York, where he now participates in our own School of American Ballet. Her book Karate Boy (Dutton) features her nephew and his friends in karate class. She thinks of this as a "family book" in that it was photographed by her cousin, David Katzenstein. Light the Candle Bang the Drum (Dutton), with illustrations by Peter Linenthal, is about holidays around the world.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1-- Heyman uses his camera to record scenes of families engaged in everyday activities, producing a spontaneous, vibrant look at people the world around. The intimacy between parents and their children in Loving is particularly moving, offering an exceptional interpretation of the title. The coverage is so universal that children will easily identify with at least one of the situations shown. The majority of the photographs were taken in the U. S., providing a unique opportunity for discussion about the diversities to be found here. On the Go is equally comprehensive and intriguing in its treatment of how people move themselves around--from rickshaws to camels. The photographs are splendidly displayed, one to a page, and are accompanied by a brief, provocative text. Indexes in both books repeat each of those pictures in miniature, naming the country in which it was taken. The final pages contain a pen-and-ink drawing of a world map. Both books are to be treasured and savored for their usefulness in group discussions. Early educators will want to purchase them for their classrooms, for they will never stay on library shelves. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH
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Book Description Festival, 1994. Condition: New. Ken Heyman (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0688136133
Book Description HarperCollins, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0688136133
Book Description Festival, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110688136133