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About the Author
SHANNON BRAMER is an author of poems, plays and short fiction. She has published Climbing Shadows: Poems for Children, illustrated by Cindy Derby, and several poetry collections for adults, winning the Hamilton and Region Arts Council Book Award for suitcases and other poems. Her collection Precious Energy has also been highly acclaimed. Shannon's plays include Chloe's Tiny Heart Is Closed (for children) and The Hungriest Woman in the World. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.
CINDY DERBY is an author, illustrator and puppeteer. She has been a Grand Prize Winner of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Portfolio Award, and she has also been commissioned to create two original puppetry performances for festivals in the US and Scotland. Cindy has illustrated several picture books, including Climbing Shadows: Poems for Children (by Shannon Bramer), praised in Publishers Weekly for its "dreamlike paintings," and she has written and illustrated How to Walk an Ant. She lives in San Francisco.
Bramer's poems . . . explore an evocative range of emotional states, metaphors, and ideas. Understated, dreamlike paintings with offsetting white space accompany the poems. . . . The works carry notes of wistfulness and wonder, astute observations, and poignant reflections on one's place in the world.-- "Publisher's Weekly"
[A] marvelous introduction to poetry for young children.-- "CM Reviews"