Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"The Runaway Pink Ball," a new children's book!!

Artist Charlotte Sear will sign copies of her new children's book, "The Runaway Pink Ball," on Saturday, October 22nd from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Chatham bookstore, located at 27 Main Street in Chatham, New York. Ms. Sear is a working artist and a professor of reading at Long Island University and the New York Institute of Technology.

"The Runaway Pink Ball" tells the story of a pink ball that rolls away from a little girl. The ball discovers that it wants to be free. After numerous adventures, however, the ball realizes that it’s lonely and wants to return to the little girl, who wants to keep it for her own.

The brightly-colored illustrations are in gouache and collage. The book is aimed at a preschool audience as a read-aloud. The word repetition within the text makes the story appropriate for beginning readers.

Ms Sear said that she was inspired to write the book after inventing the story for her granddaughter, Marissa, who is now 11. The author and her granddaughter used to play with a pink ball when the little girl was four years old. Whenever the ball rolled out of sight she would say "it's hiding."

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