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Author: Jack Barger (Jack Barger)

The Beauty of Passion and Art: Mazza Docent Shares Knowledge

The Beauty of Passion and Art: Mazza Docent Shares Knowledge

Ask nearly any docent at University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, and they’ll likely tell you one of two things: they have a passion for books or they have a passion for children. They might even tell you they have both. Mazza docent Deb Mihalik is no different. In fact, she confessed that she has always...

July 30, 2020July 30, 2020
Coming Together in the Name of Art: Mazza Conference Enjoys Around-the-World Success

Coming Together in the Name of Art: Mazza Conference Enjoys Around-the-World Success

The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum 2020 Summer Conference was one that not only delivered its regular cornucopia of educational material, discussion, and fun, it also provided a much-needed respite from the goings-on in our current world climate. The three-day conference, held from July 13 through 15, was held virtually this year, but the camaraderie...

July 30, 2020July 30, 2020
Going Down Home with Daddy

Going Down Home with Daddy

GOING DOWN HOME WITH DADDY. Written by Kelly Starling Lyons. Illustrated by Daniel Minter. Peachtree Publishing Company. $17.99. “On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there’s nothing like going down home.” In this 2020 Caldecott Honor award-winner,...

July 28, 2020July 30, 2020
Don’t Worry, Little Crab

Don’t Worry, Little Crab

DON’T WORRY, LITTLE CRAB. Written and illustrated by Chris Haughton. Candlewick Press. Ages 2-5. $17.99. This book is like WE ARE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT with an ocean setting. Little Crab and Very Big Crab decide to leave their tidal pool and go to the ocean. They pass through rocks (tic-a-tic tic-a-tic), more pools...

June 29, 2020June 29, 2020
University of Findlay Student Publishes Children’s Book

University of Findlay Student Publishes Children’s Book

Since she was a child, University of Findlay graduate student and children’s book author/illustrator Hitomi Otani has been an avid reader. Her mother, she recalled, belonged to a picture book club when Otani was little, where the books were brought to their front door on a monthly basis. Being raised in an environment in which...

June 29, 2020June 29, 2020
SANDCASTLE

SANDCASTLE

SANDCASTLE. Written and illustrated by Einat Tsarfati. Candlewick. Ages 4-6. $17.99. Einat Tsarfati, an Israeli author-illustrator, is the new Martin Handford (WHERE’S WALDO?). SANDCASTLE opens with a little girl at the beach. Immediately, there is glorious detail for children to explore. Amongst the human sunbathers are a mermaid, a seal, and a coven of witches...

May 21, 2020June 12, 2020
That’s Good, That’s Bad

That’s Good, That’s Bad

THAT’S GOOD, THAT’S BAD. Written by Joan M. Lexau. Illustrated by Aliki. Prestel. Ages 3-7. $17.95. Originally published in 1963, this updated version of THAT’S GOOD, THAT’S BAD features digitally enhanced reproductions of Aliki’s original prints. She initially did her own color separation by printing each color on acetate film and layering the sheets. The...

April 23, 2020April 23, 2020