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I cannot recommend this book enough. It is a wonderfully illustrated trip through both the history and the sites of New Jersey.
When Hazel Mitchell agreed to let me feature her and her new book on my website I was honored. I was even more thrilled when she agreed to answer a few questions.
1.) Are you and Linda considering doing all fifty states?
Two states have been done previously (Ohio and Michigan) and these were by different authors and illustrators, sot hat would be totally up to the publisher. Would be fun though!
2.) What made you decide upon New Jersey?
I was approached by the publisher at Mackinac Island Press, so the choice had nothing to do with me I am afraid. My hubby is from NJ though, so that helped along the way when I had questions to ask.
3.) How long did it take you to decide on the proper Illustration to go in each group on each page?
I received the manuscript with all the different facts for each page as researched by the author Linda Barth. I then looked at hundreds of pictures for the elements and made sketches as to how I could put all the elements together. I didn't have the time or resources to visit them all! The publisher approved my notes and sketches and then I drew the final images and coloured them. Each page took about 2 weeks.
4.) Where do you see the biggest market for Hidden New Jersey?
Well, definitely in New Jersey .. but this is a book that will be useful to all children in the USA and worldwide to teach them more about the history and the
geography of the third state.
5.) Do you believe as I do that it can be used in teaching the elementary
history of the state?
Absolutely! It's full of great facts!
I had the delight of being able to read. I must say even as an adult I enjoyed this little book. Hidden New Jersey by Linda J. Barth and Illustrated by Hazell Mitchell take the reader and the child on a magical trip to the shores of New Jersey. Teaching both the history and the ambience of the state. It taught me some really wonderful things about New Jersey, that I didn't know. I may need to take a trip and explore the many things it has to offer.
Each page holds a treasure trove to delight the young reader. It also gives them games to play making the book even more entertaining.
There are little rhyming verses that help to keep a child continually thrilled to return to this little gem.
Hazel Mitchell's beautiful color Illustrations are true works of art. They bring the history and wondrous joys that are New Jersey to life.
To say that Hazel Mitchell's Illustrations are just that is an understatement. The Illustrations are a delight to the eye and to the mind as you wander through each page learning about the history and what you can see and do in the state.
So come on down and paddle your way through the joys.
You can find out more about Hazel at the following links.
my website - hazelmitchell.com
my blog - hazelmitchell.blogspot.com
on twitter @TheWackyBrit
the book trailer -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuXJfjc-Dgo
Or you can find her on Facebook and Google +.
Available @ Amazon.com
Author & Poet
Marta Moran Bishop, is an author and poet. Ms. Bishop writes many books for children as well as for more mature audiences.