Here We All Are [NOOK Book]

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This second book in the author/illustrator's autobiographical series tells of his experiences at Miss Leah's Dance School and how he and his family prepared for the birth of a new baby. Color illustrations accompany the text.

Children's author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.

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Here We All Are

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Overview

This second book in the author/illustrator's autobiographical series tells of his experiences at Miss Leah's Dance School and how he and his family prepared for the birth of a new baby. Color illustrations accompany the text.

Children's author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a starred review PW wrote, "DePaola continues to share engaging childhood memories in this breezy follow-up to 26 Fairmount Avenue, his inaugural chapter book and a Newbery Honor title." Ages 7-10. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
For little Tomie, life is just about as exciting as it can get, or so he thinks. His family has just moved into their new house. He has never lived in a house before and the whole experience delights him. He loves being able to run up and down the stairs. He loves having all the space and having so many new things to look at. Then Tomie's mother gives him some news that adds to the excitement in the air. His mother is going to have a baby and he, Tomie, is going to be a big brother! More than anything Tomie hopes that he is going to have a little sister. He already has a brother and feels that one brother is quite enough. A sister would balance things out very nicely. Of course getting a little brother or sister is not easy and there are problems to overcome. Tomie discovers that he cannot always have things his way and it is a hard lesson to learn for a small boy. What is especially enjoyable about the stories in this little book is that they are personal and told from Tomie's point of view. It is very much as if we were there, as if we were watching what was happening through Tomie's eyes. We experience his days at school, and we get that first hint of what is to become Tomie's vocation in later life, his art. The author's meticulous attention to detail and remarkable memory for the "small" events in his childhood makes this chapter book a delight to read. We cannot help smiling when he tells us about the time he licked his bedroom furniture to see if it tasted like maple syrup after he heard his mother saying that the wood was "genuine maple." These are the kinds of things we would have done as children though we might not like to admit it. "Here We All Are" is the second book in aseries of four chapter books about Tomie DePaola's childhood. 2001, Penguin Putnam, Ages 7 to 9.
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Like an old friend sharing childhood experiences, dePaola recalls events that occurred soon after his family moved to their house on Fairmount Avenue in Connecticut circa 1940. He describes his main obsessions in kindergarten-the anticipated birth of his baby sister, art, and learning to tap dance. His parents, grandparents, his friend Jeannie, and even his art teacher, first introduced in 26 Fairmount Avenue (Putnam, 1999), all make return appearances here, with their personalities and stories expanded and placed more firmly in time. Children will be tickled to read about the time Tomie borrowed his mother's lipstick to make himself up like his favorite movie star, Mae West; or how he licked his bedpost when he learned that it was genuine maple. A black-and-white illustration or small decorative silhouette graces almost every page. Through descriptions and drawings, the author helps readers to understand such historical tidbits as a monitor-top refrigerator and Joe Palooka. This is a perfect step-up for children ready to move from beginning readers to chapter books. A wonderful choice for group or independent reading.-Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Picking up his memoir where 26 Fairmount Avenue (1999), left off, dePaola presents a kindergartner's-eye view of his new house, growing family, and increasingly busy life. He remembers what a child would remember: a new stove with niches for salt and pepper shakers at the back; losing the chance to play Peter Rabbit in a class play by talking out of turn (but stealing the show anyway with onstage clowning); anxiously hoping that his mother brings a girl home from the hospital—"I already had a brother, and who needs two of those!" Between a detailed floor plan and the closing full family portrait, he brings classmates, lovely parents, a hilariously forbidding grandmother who comes for an extended visit, and other relatives to life, both in his seemingly artless narrative and with relentlessly charming portraits and tableaux. Seldom either shy or down for long, he is or becomes a friend to everyone here, and like the unsympathetic teacher who relents after being presented with a magnificent homemade valentine, readers will find his buoyancy irresistible. (Autobiography. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101076774
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Series: A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 602,325
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a
family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of
Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.



It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.



He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major
influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his
field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library
Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.



Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different
countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.



Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.



- He has been published for over 30 years.

- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.

- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.

- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.



Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition for
his books in the children's book world, including:


- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association

- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association

- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution

- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal

- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association



copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a
family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of
Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.



It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.



He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major
influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his
field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library
Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.



Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different
countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.



Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.



- He has been published for over 30 years.

- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.

- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.

- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.



Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition for
his books in the children's book world, including:


- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association

- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association

- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution

- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal

- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association



copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.































Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 28, 2001

      I didn't get this book for my kids... I got it for me.

      My kids and I have all enjoyed this glimpse into the life of our beloved Tomie dePaola. My kids are also of Italian-Irish decent and can relate so well to Tomie's warm-hearted descriptions of his early family life. I guess Nanas have been demanding clean plates for generations on end. I can't wait for the next installment to see what little Tomie does next.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 25, 2000

      Big hit with second graders

      I met Tomie de Paola in March (2000) at a children's literature conference. He spoke about this book and shared a portion of this yet to be released book at the time (I got an advanced copy!) and a chapter from his 2001 release - the 3rd book in the 26 Fairmount Avenue series. This book along with the 1st book are great read-alouds. My second graders listened with great interest and laughed a lot. A sure-fire hit!!!!

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