Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairsby Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola
his wonderful generational story, a classic in its own right, celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary in a new, full-color edition, joining the other appealing picture books in which Tomie draws upon his childhood memories. In re-creating the art, Tomie says, Creating this art was as emotional an experience for me now as it was then. In a quietly touching story the author-illustrator depicts loving family relationships so that even the very young reader can understand the concept.—- Publishers Weekly Children will want to hear this again and again... -- School Library Journal (starred review)
Meet the Author
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 forhis 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.
- Connecticut and New Hampshire
- Date of Birth:
- September 15, 1935
- Place of Birth:
- Meriden, CT
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I got this book for my son because we call his great-grandmother NANA and because we lost his great-grandfather this past January. It really touched on different generations in family. And the death of those generations. I recommend this book to anyone who has delt or will be dealing with this situation. It helps explain grief.
This little boy really loved his g-mothers. The death one is very gently told and normalized.
This is kinda of sad, but for some reason I remember this book plain as day. It was one of my favorites.
This book is one of the best that I have ever read. I loved it as a child and now I read it to my son who recently lost his great-grandmother. Highly recommended!!!!
This book has helped for generations in my family. I am now buying more copies to share with my friends children. It is especially helpful with the loss of a grandparent. I still get emotional as I read it to my children.
A wonderful book!!! I read this book as a child and now share it with my daughter. A great way to help your child cope with the loss of a loved one.
It touched my heart, because it was kinda sad. I liked it, but I almost cried when my teacher read it to my class. My favorite part was when the Nana upstairs was tied to the chair (so she would not fall out) and the boy wanted to be tied to his chair too. The drawings were nice, especially for my favorite part. The pictures made me laugh, though some were kind of sad.