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Birthday Celebration and Book Activities

I had the most wonderful birthday weekend!

It started off on Saturday morning with a celebratory post on Eric VanRaepenbusch’s amazing blog: Happy Birthday Author. He featured me and created nine amazing activities using my books! Β He is extraordinary and so are the activities- and they are downloadable! Please head over and look at the wonderful pictures he has of him and his kids doing these activities, and download the PDF. Eric Β took a lot of time and care into putting these together and they are amazing, and he is so kind to share them! I am honored and grateful.

Later that day, my friend, Sarah, whose birthday is three days before mine and with whom I sing a cappella harmonies, put on a house concert at my home. About seventy people came! We sang traditional songs from around the world Β (in 11 languages). Sarah is from Switzerland and I am from Poland, so pronunciation comes easily for us- though we don’t always know what we are singing about! πŸ™‚ The concert and the party afterward were a great success and I am still glowing from it. Here are a few pictures:

(what do you think? Are we happy?)

Here I am with my childhood friends.Kiki on left and Ania on right.
I grew up with them when I came to America.

This is us how we looked way back then. I am on left, Kiki in middle, Ania on right. I was the shy newcomer so not as much attitude, but all that changed! :-):

Now head on over toΒ Happy Birthday Author! You will love it!

About the author

Iza Trapani I am a children's book author and illustrator, fan of Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss, lover of big dogs, aspiring yodeler. When not in my studio, I spend time outdoors and have climbed over many a mountain to see what I could see.

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20 Responses to Birthday Celebration and Book Activities

  1. Joanna says:

    This looks like such an awesome celebration. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you Iza! It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. Thank you for mentioning HBA!

    • Iza Trapani says:

      I sure did, Eric, and you started the day off with your amazing post and activities! My heart is still singing!

  3. What a marvelous celebration, Iza. And may I say your house looks just as stunning, bright, and sunny as its occupants, including the four-legged ones. It’s like a bed and breakfast, but all yours. I must come visit! You should host an writer’s retreat!

    So glad you celebrated YOU with such a great party. Your pics are fabulous!

  4. Wait… YOUR left, or MY left? πŸ™‚ JK πŸ™‚ Wow it looks like you had a wonderful, fun, and happy day! So glad! And I read Eric’s post on Saturday and was SO impressed with all his amazing activities! I’m kind of hoping he’ll make this a habit and come up with some good ones for my books in April πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your party with us! Glad your day was happy πŸ™‚ xo S

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Haha Susanna! Yes, I had a fabulous day! Isn’t Eric extraordinary? He is so creative and devoted and such a great Dad. He would be a wonderful preschool teacher too. I hope he comes up with activities for you πŸ™‚

  5. Wow! *packs for retreat* *wink*

    BBF, I tried to comment over at Eric’s, but my PC went out and I’m on my laptop and things aren’t going good in the commenting part of life these days. Ha. But I loved hearing about your life. It touched me. Profoundly. And now I KNOW where your talent comes from. πŸ™‚ Those activities are amazing. Love seeing these pictures of your happiness. Beautiful! Happy late birthday! Smooch!!

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Thank you, BBF! Yes, pack those bags! Thank you for the kind words, Robyn. You are always so sweet and inspiring- a true BBF! Love and hugs xoxo

  6. Eric’s post was fabulous. It sounds as if you had a wonderful birthday!

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