Prime I Love You, Sun, I Love You, Moon –

Love the world around you with this wonderful board book Perfect for the youngest children, its full of wonder and appreciation for the little things in life, like the wind, the trees, the birds, and the stars The gentle message and Tomie dePaolas adorable illustrations of children interacting with their world make this a welcome addition to every toddlers libraryTomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, into a family of Irish and Italian background By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life s work would be His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts Crafts in Oakland, CaliforniaIt drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until , when he illustrated his first children s book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward McCann Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children s booksHe names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his singular attainment in children s literature, the Catholic Library Association s Regina Medal for his continued distinguished contribution, and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion He was also theUnited States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustrationTomie dePaola has published almostchildren s books in fifteen different countries He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receivingthan , fan letters each yearTomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs His studio is in a large renovatedyear old barn He has been published for overyears Overmillion copies of his books have sold worldwide His books have been published in overdifferent countries He receives nearly , fan letters each yearTomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition forhis books in the children s book world, includingCaldecott Honor Award from American Library Association Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal Regina Medal from Catholic Library Associationcopyrightby Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers All rights reserved