Of Compassion and Captivity: Itsy Bitsy & Teeny Weeny

Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

Author: Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
Illustrator: Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Published: 2009 Sleeping Bear Press
ISBN: 9781585364176

Doey eyes, gangly legs and silent, tangible devotion make this true tale of rescue, regret and release a thought provoking look at the value of life and freedom.

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Flipped Fundamentals: A isn’t for Fox (An Isn’t Alphabet)

Friday, July 4, 2008.

A isn't for Fox (An Isn't Alphabet)Author: Wendy Ulmer (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Laura Knorr (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Sleeping Bear Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1585363197

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Smiling eyes, tumbling rhyme and richly illustrated mischief take centre stage in this roundabout romp through the alphabet.

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Be sure to pop over to In Search of Giants for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Contagious Creativity: Willow

Friday, June 20, 2008.

WillowAuthors: Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan
Illustrator: Cyd Moore (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Sleeping Bear Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1585363421

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Seething stringency and constant condemnation prove no match for good-natured self worth in this uplifting story of creativity, individuality and respect. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks!

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The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell

Friday, July 27, 2007.

The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the BellAuthor: Kathy-Jo Wargin
Illustrator: Gijsbert Van Frankenhuyzen (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Sleeping Bear Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1585361267

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Gorgeous red and gold warmth entwines with thrashing, raw waves and spray to tell the tragic tale of twenty nine souls struggling against the fury of Lake Superior and of the polished brass bell that forever sounds their farewell.

You can find more information about this tragedy here.

Fur and Feathers: Saving Samantha – A True Story

Wednesday, June 20, 2007.

Saving Samantha: A True StoryAuthor: Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
Illustrator: Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Published: 2004 Sleeping Bear Press
ISBN: 1585362204

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Warm, realistic illustrations and generous, unimposing text vividly recreate the thrill of befriending an injured fox pup and the bittersweet satisfaction of her eventual return to the wild. I don’t think our two daughters could be more excited about this story if they had lived it themselves!

Interview with Gijsbert (Nic) van Frankenhuyzen

Monday, February 23, 2009.

No matter how you look at it, picture book illustration is art.  And when it comes to realism, illustrators face many challenges including visual storytelling and being true to the subject.

It took Gijsbert (Nic) van Frankenhuyzen about forty years to realize his childhood dream of becoming an illustrator.  Nic joins Mark to talk about his move from Art Director to Illustrator, visual inspiration on books including Saving Samantha and one of his greatest challenges, illustrating the book The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell.

Photo courtesy of Gijsbert (Nic) van Frankenhuyzen.

 
 

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