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Jan Brett

Author Study

martha leopard

on 30 October 2012

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Jan's Roots Jan's Inspirations The Mitten Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? Interview Questions Jan's Style Jan has many winter-themed stories. She was born and raised in Hingham, Massachusetts. Her travels are a constant inspiration. She researches the traditions, architecture, and costumes of each place she visits and uses them as a starting point for her children's books. Jan Brett Have students write a story in which they include creative borders with pictures to tell what came before and what will happen next. Throughout story talk about cause and effect of how Comet lost eight or his nine lives. Then have students write a few made-up examples of cause and effect. What advice would you give to young writers and illustrators? Prior to reading this book, have students draw a picture of who that think will be knocking on Christmas Eve based on what they see on the front cover. Author & Illustrator Jan Went to Boston Museum School. She spent many quiet rainy days reading and drawing to make this dream happen. At a very early age, she made up her mind to become a picture book illustrator. She enjoys Working in her chicken house, listening to music, reading and traveling with her husband. a pet hedgehog, Buffy,
Siberian Husky, Perky Pumpkin,
four ducks
fourteen chickens Jan's Pets: Jan was also inspired as a child by her uncle, Harold Brett, who was famous for his magazine and book illustrations. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real." Her paintings continue to inspire her as well. As Jan illustrates her stories, she remembers the Museum of Fine Arts, where she spent hours overwhelmed by the beauty of the room-size landscapes, the towering stone sculptures, delicately embroidered kimonos, and the ancient porcelain. China Nunavut Territory in Canada Norway Her Trademark: use of exquisite details to draw readers into story
weaves a story within a story by use of new vantage points in the borders or foreshadows the arrival of new characters The details of her stories are always culture inclusive. Comet's Nine Lives The Wild Christmas Reindeer Now lives With her husband, Joe Hearne, in a seacoast town in Massachusetts near where she grew up. Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan's Accomplishments She has over 37 million books in print. Has been on the Top Ten Children's Picture Book and New York Times Bestseller List for many of her books. Received the Parent's Choice Award in 1994. As well as many other awards too numerous to name. Have students form a human knot in which they have to untangle themselves without talking. What inspired you to use so many different countries in your books? Do you have a special place you work in? Which of your books is your favorite? Have you ever thought of creating a story where you intertwine two of your stories?
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