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Available for virtual visits in : British Colombia, Alberta & Quebec

Craft: Author

Genre: Picture Books, Novel

Grades: Kindergarten- Grade 3, Grade 5 – Grade 7, Grade 7- Grade 12

Cost for School and Public Readings Program: $200.00 plus applicable tax

Website: www.jeanependziwol.com

Virtual Presentation Information

FINDING HOPE

Featured Book: I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree (2020)

Grade 1- Grade 3 (1/2 hour – 45 minutes) (Adaptable for older grades)

Format: Reading, Activity, Q&A

Content: Developing Resilience and Emotional Literacy

What is hope? What does it mean to be hopeful? After a reading of I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree, students will engage in an activity that explores giving names to emotions and then participate in a simple mindful session. Then we’ll open things up for questions!

Extension: Make a hope blossom tree or a shadow puppet theatre (teachers to be provided with templates for blossoms or Shadow the cat.)

FEETINGS

Featured Book: Once Upon a Northern Night

K to grade 3 (½ hour – 45 min)

Format: Reading, Activity, Q&A

Content: Can you match the animal to their print? Following a reading of Once Upon a Northern Night, students will discover the animals of the boreal forest through the tracks they make in the snow.

Extension: Make a night-time sketch using black paper and chalk (teacher to provide materials) OR make paper snowflakes.

POETRY IN FLIGHT

Featured books: I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree and Once Upon a Northern Night

Grades 5 and up (1 hour)

Format: Reading, writing activity and Q&A

Content: Explore literary devices, imagery and observation in poetry and engage in a group or paired writing activity. This one-hour session can be split into two ½ hour sessions.

Extension: Becoming observant – keeping an observation journal.

CREATIVITY IN FLIGHT

Featured books:  All, including The Lightkeeper’s Daughters

Grades 7 and up (1 hour)

Format: Reading, writing exercise and Q&A

Content: Where do ideas come from? What does the creative process look like and how do you engage the senses when writing? By participating in a writing activity, students will set a scene that comes alive with description. This one-hour session can be split into two ½ hour sessions.

Extension: Living creatively – keeping a gathering book.

Book List

I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree. Written by Jean E. Pendziwol, Illustrated by Nathalie Dion (Groundwood Books 2020)
Me and You and the Red Canoe, a Picture Book written by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Phil (Groundwood Books (2017)
The Light Keeper’s Daughters, a novel written by Jean E. Pendziwol (HarperCollins, 2017)
Once Upon a Northern Night, a Picture Book written by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Groundwood Books, 2013)
The City and Spirit Garden: Prince Arthur’s Landing Thunder Bay, City of Thunder Bay, 2014, contributor
Marja’s Skis, Groundwood Books (House of Anansi Press) 2007, illustrated by Jirina Marton
The Tale of Sir Dragon: Bullying Strategies for Kids (and Dragons) a Picture Book written by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Martine Gourbault (Kids Can Press, 2007)
Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons) a Picture Book written by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Martine Gourbault (Kids Can Press, 2006)
The Red Sash, Written by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Nicolas Debon (Groundwood Books, 2005)
A Treasure at Sea for Dragon and Me: Water Safety for Kids (and Dragons) a Picture Book written by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Martine Gourbault (Kids Can Press, 2005)
Dawn Watch, Groundwood Books (House of Anansi Press) 2004, illus Nicolas Debon
No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons), a Picture Book written by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Martine Gourbault (Kids Can Press, 1999)

Biography

Jean E. Pendziwol is an award winning Canadian author of books for both adults and children. Born and raised in northwestern Ontario on the shores of Lake Superior, she finds inspiration for her work in the beautiful natural environment she calls home. She began her publishing career with the bestselling No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids and Dragons that inspired a series of safety books for young readers. Her lyrical picture book Once Upon a Northern Night was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and the TD Children’s Literature Book of the Year. An instant national bestseller, Jean’s debut adult novel, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, was published in North America by HarperCollins and has been released in multiple languages and territories around the world. It was a BBC Radio 2 Book Club selection, shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown, and winner of the Northern Lit Award. Jean’s latest picture book, I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree, was published by Groundwood Books in September of 2020.​