Lynn Reiser Earthdance

ISBN 13: 9780688163266

Earthdance

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9780688163266: Earthdance

Terra's mother is an astronaut with a promise to keep, and even though she is busy at the edges of the universe, she must rush back to earth in time for Terra's school play. Will she make it? This innovative picture book incorporates spectacular NASA photographs while exploring earthbound childhood concerns and dreams. And the order of the planets, the rhythms of the seasons, and the mysteries of astronomy are all introduced by the school play--a poetic production that classroom teachers will be inspired to duplicate. Readers have come to expect the moon from inventive picture-book artist Lynn Reiser--and here it is . . . in living color.

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About the Author:

Lynn Reiser is the author of many popular books for children.She is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University and practices psychiatry in New Haven, Connecticut.She lives in a house in a garden in a forest in a town on the planet Earth.

In Her Own Words...

"I am a psychiatrist. Much of my time is spent practicing and teaching at Yale Medical School. In recent years I have also found pleasure in making books for children.

"My books start out as images and sketches and evolve as I draw them. Out of the art comes a dialogue, and from this the story emerges. Putting a picture book together is like playing a game--there are rules and surprises. The book must have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and fit into a set number of pages and a particular size.

"I draw wherever and whenever I have timewaiting in a train station, sitting by a stream, even on an airplane. Sometimes I begin sketches for a book years before I have a complete story or text. I draw the whole book in whatever order the images come, then I cut and paste the drawings until they fit. I listen for the rhythm of the words and of the pictures-once I sense it, it becomes another guide and constraint. The finished book is always a surprise.

"I always knew I liked to draw. I did not know that I liked to write until after I began to do it. One of the first books I submitted to Susan Hirschman at Greenwillow Books was the wordless dummy for Bedtime Cat I asserted that the words were obvious. Susan said, "Then write them down." Through this process of "writing them down" I became a writer. Now I collect interesting words and phrases as well as sketches, and play with words as I play with images.

"I like to learn as much as I can about nature, the world, and people. Studying biology and medicine and psychology satisfies my curiosity about these subjects, and practicing psychiatry and teaching fulfill my wish to work with people and to help them. At first glance this sort of work may seem very different from the process of making picture books. But I feel that it is similar in that much of what I do as a physician is help others to express themselves, to discover their own stories, and to fit them together to make more sense of their lives. Words and dream images appear in my work every day. Metaphors and stories are part of communicating with students and patients.

"I have learned to trust that whatever comes to mind and hand is likely to be relevant and useful, no matter how silly it may seem at first.

"Making books is hard work, but it is a joy."

From Kirkus Reviews:

PLB 0-688-16327-0 Terra's mother is an astronaut, but as she kisses her daughter farewell before firing up her rockets, she promises to return that evening in time for Terra's school show, ``Earthdance.'' Terra practices all day, and in the evening, in a green and blue leotard and toe shoes, she dances the part of Earth, with classmates dancing the roles of sun, the planets, and the seasons. The mother, true to her promise, arrives in time for the finale, with a picture of earth from her travels. The illustrations tell the stories of the mother's travels through space and Terra's show simultaneously, with adapted photographs from NASA opposite scenes of the children performing. It's a lyrical introduction to the solar system and a charming futuristic family story, although science is occasionally sacrificed to poetry, e.g., Earth is not ``in the middle of the Milky Way,'' and it does not ``turn the moon.'' Reiser (Cherry Pies and Lullabies, 1998, etc.) concludes with thumbnail-sized photographs she worked with; her lovely perspective on the universe and its mysteries is easy to embrace. (Picture book. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Reiser, Lynn
Verlag: Greenwillow, New York, New York, U.S.A. (1999)
ISBN 10: 0688163262 ISBN 13: 9780688163266
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Buchbeschreibung Greenwillow, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1999. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good. 0688163262 torn dust jacket Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Artikel-Nr. FEB948

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