Believe in the extraordinary, in the fantastic! On the coast of Maine a unique, rhyme-loving blue bird befriends 4th grader Jackson Stevens and tells him about his adventures in the six countries he has visited while searching for his parents in Europe. Will Floyd find them in the end or will Jackson end up adopting Floyd as his own pet?
|Publisher:||North Country Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.12(d)|
About the Author
Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Jon Needham grew up along the coast of Maine and has studied and worked in and traveled to twenty countries on four continents and knows six languages besides English. In 2004 he received his Ph.D. in Modern Languages from Middlebury College located in Middlebury, Vermont. He worked as a medical translator/interpreter for doctors and Italian and French families of special needs children at The Institutes for Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, PA before joining the faculty full-time at one of the commonwealth campuses of Penn State University. In 2005 he won The Outstanding Teaching Award among Lecturers and Instructors at Penn State University. He continues teaching courses on European languages, ancient Mediterranean civilizations and Heroic Literature at Penn State where he has served on the faculty for nineteen years now. He has volunteered his time, offering lessons on fairy tale writing to children and their parents at a society outside Philadelphia. He has published a translation into English of a lengthy 19th century Italian poem entitled "The Graces" by Ugo Foscolo, some articles in literary journals, and his own poetry in an anthology. Jon enjoys writing poetry and short stories, drawing, and studying about the universe. Meet My Fantastic Friend Floyd is his first children's book.