Illustrated by: Renee Graef
The intriguing facts and faces, history and places of Wisconsin are revealed to readers young and old in "B is for Badger: A Wisconsin Alphabet." From its leaders in fine arts and architecture (Georgia O'Keefe and Frank Lloyd Wright) to its pioneers in nature conservation (John Muir and Aldo Leopold), Wisconsin has been an influence on major movements in education, industry, and use of natural resources. Brought to life with lyric rhymes and expressive, original artwork, "B is for Badger" showcases for natives and visitors alike the splendors of Wisconsin.
Born in Tower, Minnesota, Kathy-jo Wargin has spent a great deal of time in the upper Midwest. Previously, she teamed up with illustrator Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen on the award-winning Legend series, including "The Legend of the Lady's Slipper "(Upper Midwest Bookseller's Favorite). "B is for Badger" is her fourth state alphabet book. She lives with her family in Petoskey, Michigan.
Renee Graef is new to the Sleeping Bear Press family but is very well known as a children's book illustrator for the "American Girls" collection with Pleasant Company. She has also illustrated for Boyd's Bears and is the illustrator of HarperCollin's "My First Little House" series. Renee attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Madison; she lives in Milwaukee with her family.
About the Author
When Kathy-jo Wargin was a young girl, each night after dinner, her mother let her choose between washing the dishes or writing a poem. Before long, she decided that if she grew up to be a writer, she wouldn't have to do any dishes. She has since learned that even though she has published more than twenty award-winning books for children, she still has to wash the dishes. Kathy-jo lives in Minnesota with her husband and her son. Go to her website www.kathy-jowargin.com
Renée Graef received her bachelor's degree in art from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is the illustrator of numerous titles in the Little House publishing program, as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein's My Favorite Things and E.T.A Hoffman's The Nutcracker, adapted by Janet Schulman. She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with her husband and two children.
"Subtitled "A Wisconsin Alphabet," this is a novel approach to the classic alphabet theme in children's books. The link to Wisconsin may provide added value to some parents, but it is also entertaining and informative on its own..."
-- "Bloomsbury Review" (December 2004)