This warmly illustrated picture book is full cats—and lots of cat facts!
Did you know that:
- Some cats do not have tails?
- The ancient Egyptians worshiped cats as gods?
- Some cats have curly hair, like poodles? Even their whiskers are curly!
Granny Twinkle knows everything there is to know about cats. When Patrick visits to pick out a free kitten, he ends up knowing everything, too. After you read this picture book by Tomie dePaola, you’ll know alot about cats!
This ebook features read-along narration by the author.
Tomie dePaola (b. 1934) was born in Meriden, Connecticut, 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 and Crafts in Oakland, California.
This resolve 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 the publisher Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children’s books.
He names Fra Angelico, 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.
DePaola has published more than two hundred 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 two-hundred-year-old barn.
Tomie dePaola (b. 1934) is best known for his books for children. He has written and/or illustrated nearly 250 books. Over 15 million copies of his books have sold. The Birds of Bethlehem is his newest book. Strega Nona Does it Again will be published in fall 2013.
Born in Meriden, Connecticut, dePaola received his BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and his MFA from the California College of Arts in Oakland, California. He received a doctoral equivalency in fine arts from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco.
In addition to writing and illustrating children’s books, dePaola taught for several years in art and theater departments in colleges in California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
DePaola has received many prestigious awards, including the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota, the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Award, a prestigious distinction in writing by a New Englander.
He was also the United States nominee in 1990 for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration. The American Library Association named Strega Nona a Caldecott Honor Book and 26 Fairmount Avenue a Newbery Honor Book. He was the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award recipient for “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” He received the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
The University of Connecticut, Georgetown University, and Pratt Institute, among others, have granted him honorary doctoral degrees. Pratt Institute, in 2012, named him “one of the top 125 Pratt icons of all time.” In 1999, he was selected for the New Hampshire Governor’s Arts Award of Living Treasure.
DePaola makes his home in New London, New Hampshire, where he works in a renovated 200-year-old barn. Visit the author at tomie.com and tomiesblog.blogspot.com.
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.