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    Tuesday
    Dec132011

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    Probably like most of you, I can't believe that it's the middle of December....but I want to take just a moment between Thanksgiving and the New Year to wish you all the very best holiday -- and especially thank you for all the wonderful storytellers and teachers in schools who bring such joy and hope to us all.

    Here in New York, my wonderful friends brought a Hoedown to the Bronx New School.  

    We celebrate the New Year --  I thank all of you who entered the contest to win a Parrots and Pirate Book with a parrot.    

    But mostly I just want to say thank you!

    Thursday
    Nov032011

    PARROTS, PIRATES, FREAK SNOWSTORMS AND HALLOWEEN!


    What a weekend!  I love Halloween, anyone who's written "DRACULA IS A PAIN IN THE NECK!"  definitely would. And my editor at Roaring Brook, Nancy Mercado, even said that we could launch the book on HALLOWEEN! I had my parrot and pirate hat all ready for a book party at BOOKS OF WONDER with wonderful other writers.  A little rain -- that's okay -- but we had snow, sleet, Slush!   Mordicai was snowed in.  

     

    But friends showed up.  Here are  Jerry Rodgers and Marsall Marcovitz.  Jerry is an actor and makes a great pirate.   And Mordicai showed up on Tuesday just to wear the hat! 

    Then it was down to the Halloween Parade!  My friends "Broadway Bodies" dance in the parade so we got to go watch the start!   New York Loves Halloween! And my cousins, Melba and Hugh Levick came in from Paris.  Melba and Marshall took great photos.   And the best thing was that the snow had melted! 

    So Happy GHOULS!  And Happy Parrots and Pirates

     

    Thursday
    Sep012011

    HURRICANES AND BIRTHDAY CAKE  

    When I was two...First of all, I hope all of you and your families and friends and schools are safe after Hurricane Irene.  It was a scary time, but it was touching to me how in the cities and countryside we all worked together to try to keep each other safe. 

    This hurricane brought back memories of one of the first stories I ever published, “Hurricanes and Birthday Cake” about the “GREAT ATLANTIC HURRICANE OF September 14, 1944 when I was only two.



    Atlantic City 1944 before the hurricane

    View of a hurricane from outer space

    Atlantic City streets post hurricane 1944

     

    Our house after the hurricane

    You can download the whole story here.  I wrote it in 1973, years ago when I was just getting started as a children’s book writer.

    I always thought it was funny that one of them most exciting things that ever happened to me happened before I really could remember it.  I was in Atlantic City with my mother, my brother and my cousins, and the storm was so bad that soldiers had to come and help us out.  Everyone told the story how I crawled onto the kitchen table and ate a whole birthday cake in the middle of the storm.  One of my cousins also turned out to be a children's book writer, Robie Harris.



    So if you have any pictures and stories from Hurricane Irene…remember to write them down and keep the pictures.   And if you’d like, send them here---and we can all share them.

    Stay safe and have a wonderful time seeing all your friends and going back to school this September and sharing your stories of this summer.

    Liz Levy
    

    Friday
    Jul012011

    PARTY! PARTY! 

     

     

    There is absolutely nothing more fun than creating something from something—except perhaps celebrating that creation with a party.

    And it’s even more fun when you are creating and partying with kids who are authors and artists.  Every year, I work with two amazing teachers, Emilyn Garrick and Dinah Krosnick and a wonderfully supportive principal, Paul Smith. 

     

     

    We turned the classroom into a cruise ship (see Writing your Own…) and sailed to the homelands of each of the students- Cambodia, China, Ghana, the Dominican Republic…well read for yourself.

     

    The children’s illustrations were amazing.

     

     

     

     

     

    Thanks to Ryan Stansky (my personal computer and website wizard) we were able to scan all the drawings and give each child the book.  And it does take a village.   My friend, Marshall Marcovitz, took the photos and Marshall and several of my other friends contributed so that each student got his or own book to take home.

     Ryan working on my computerMarshall Marcovitz, Ryan Stansky, Liz, and Elizabeth Gerber, part of our publishing team   

    The book is now online for you to read—and for all the families in Ghana and around the world to read the amazing adventure the children read.

     

    DOWNLOAD AND READ THE BOOK HERE.

     

    Friday
    Apr222011

    Passover

    Passover is the celebration of freedom...and it's always been my favorite holiday --


     My great niece and nephew were staying with me -- We polished the silver (thank you Montessori schools) and got the brisket ready by dressing up as Black Bart and Wonder Woman, thanks to my friend across the street, Elizabeth Gerber, who cooks with me and whose oven is big enough to take most of the 17  pounds of brisket it took to feed all 26 of us.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Here's a picture of me hunting and gathering "New York Style.."  

    The Haggadah, the book that we read on passover literally means "To tell..."  This year, it has even more meaning for me because of my recent trip to Egypt, and also because of my deep respect for the Egyptians who are  fighting for their own freedom, and the wonderful people I met, including my guide Ahmed Ramadan. (See the blog post below) Anyone going to Egypt please be in touch with me and I'll get you in touch with him.  He is the best, and took such good care of me and Bruce Coville.  During Passover, Bruce called and we sang him Louis Armstrong's version of Let My People Go..."

    Listen to it now.

    And here's to two eternals -- story telling and freedom.....