Friday, December 11, 2015

Paper Artist: Creations Kids Can Fold, Tear, Wear, or Share by Jennifer Phillips

Paper is not just for drawing! Budding artists use paper to create everything from lanterns to  picture frames. Simple, step by step instructions and big, full color photographs help readers maximize their potential.

Jennifer Phillips

From the Author

I have been a writer for many years, starting out in newspapers before leaping to corporate communications and then leaping to the healthcare world. Along the way, I became interested in children's writing and have been starting to enjoy success with my work. I have written for different ages but seem to be gravitating toward middle grade and teens. I like to tackle both magazine and book projects.

I've been able to try many fun and interesting things so far in my life. For example, I started out reporting on crime and court stories, hanging out in police labs before shows like CSI made crime investigation so popular. I've ridden in helicopters while doing public relations for an aircraft manufacturer and watched surgeries as part of my work in healthcare.

My husband and I have always been big on travel, going near or far depending on the time and money we have. Our family loves exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest (yes, we've been to Forks, Washington, home of the famous Twilight series), nearby Canada and the Western states. But travel has also taken me to England, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Australia, China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. I hope to see more of the world when I can!

I grew up in Alton, Illinois and this Midwestern upbringing in the 1960s and 1970s has been fueling some of my writing projects. Two of my biographies are "hometown-inspired" projects--the stories of Elijah Lovejoy and Robert Wadlow. But I don't limit myself to my own backyard. You often can find great stories right under your nose.

I've released three indie biographies to date: Elijah Lovejoy's Fight for Freedom (2009, Nina Kosterina: A Young Communist in Stalinist Russia (2010) and Robert Wadlow-The Unique Life of the Boy Who Became the World's Tallest Man (2010).

More recently, I've had a lot of fun developing books for Capstone Press. A new biography compilation called Girls Research came out in 2014 on women scientists as part of a series about women who are rocking the world with their accomplishments. I also developed two paper crafting books for kids for Capstone released in 2013. The hardback versions are titled Snappy Style: Paper Decoration Creations and Adorable Accessories: Paper Creations to Wear. There's a paperback version that combines projects from all four books in the series titled Paper Artist: Creations Kids Can Fold, Tear, Wear, or Share.

I have another biography and a second novel in development (the first is making the rounds with editors). And I have more magazine article ideas than time to develop them, but a couple are making their way to being ready for submission.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The crafts are cool, but I was a little overwhelmed with the amount of things that I did not have laying around my house in order to use the ideas.  Any book that requires a trip to the store with my family in order to buy supplies on our tight budget, will usually not occur.  So great ideas, but not for my family.

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