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Happy Holidays!

My warmest wishes to all for a happy holiday season! 

christmas-card-2016

GABE and GOON Winners

Congratulations to the winners:  Rosemary Basham, Renee La Tulippe and Kathy Temean!

Happy Storytime!

G&G p.32 (from photo)

It’s a Boy! (And a Monster!)

Please welcome GABE and GOON into the book world! Gabe and Goon cover

The Muppet-like Goon is both goofy and adorable, and Trapani’s rhyming text bounces blithely along.
A familiar message, but also a crucial and timely one, charmingly presented.
–Kirkus Reviews

G&G p12 copy

Here’s  the Amazon link to look inside.

And here’s a chance to win a signed copy: Leave me a comment by July 12th, 9PM.
Three winners will be randomly picked and notified on July 13th. Good luck! 

New Beginnings

Hello Friends!

I am so sorry for the long absence, but we’ve had a lot on our plate. Last Friday, we sold our house, barns and the bulk of our farmland to a super nice couple with a sweet  2 year old who sat through the closing quietly- except for occasional chants of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (apparently his favorite book!)

And now we are temporarily living with close friends (5 minutes away) in an apartment in their house, while we build a new, smaller house. What a marathon of packing and moving and planning and constructing!

We have retained the 20 acres with my husband’s woodworking shop and will build a new house in the woods behind it. So far we have a rough driveway and an in-progress storage shed and carport. Here are some pictures of Rob and Gabe siting the house, our excavator preparing the site and our good and capable friends helping us raise the new shed/ carport:

Siting the house

excavation

Shed raising 3

Staining the sidingThe shed 2The shed

And the driveway to our future house in the woodsDriveway to new house

We are very excited about this project! We had a great time designing and building our previous house, and we are approaching this with the same level of joy and enthusiasm. We love the new site with its woods and rock outcroppings and the dappled sunlight through the trees. Best part: No lawn! I have visions of woodland plantings, ground covers of ferns and myrtle and ajuga, columbine tucked into rocky nooks, forget-me-nots spreading at the edge of trees…

I will keep the pictures coming as we make progress. But now, back to the drawing board-literally- as a deadline looms!

Happy summer, everyone!

My First Day of School in America

My publisher, Charlesbridge, is doing a promo for Julie Danneberg’s wonderful book, First Day Jitters, and has asked authors to post videos of  our first day of school experiences. Hope you enjoy mine!

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