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Tomie de Paola:
Transcript of Tomie de Paola:
New Hampshire Citizen of the Week
Presented by Krista Miner
Tomie as an Artist
Cool Things About
Tomie de Paola
Tomie is Born
Tomie was born on September 15, 1934 in Meriden, Connecticut.
He grew up with his parents, Joseph and Florence, a brother, Joseph, and two sisters, Judie and Maureen.
When he was four years old, he announced that he was going to be an artist, an author, and tap dance on stage.
At age nine, at Christmas, all of his presents were art supplies!
Growing up, his mother never said "that's a bad idea." She encouraged him.
Tomie dePaola enrolled at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Tomie is an Author
Tomie has now written and illustrated more than 250 books including his most famous,
. Many take place in Mexico or Italy.
He has won a Newbery Honor, a Caldecott Honor, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.
That's a long time!
Tomie has been publishing children's books for 40 years! That's a lot of drawing!
He has sold over 15 million copies of his books worldwide.
How he draws
Tomie does his creating in a renovated 200 year-old barn!
Tomie gets his inspiration by showering, looking out the window, and his life.
He has drawn many characters including Strega Nona, The Barker Twins, Big Anthony, Mother Goose and Bill and Pete, and his newest character, Jack.
He also creates still life and paintings of religious people.
Tomie's hobbies are cooking, reading, gardening, traveling, watching movies, SHOPPING.
Tomie is very attached to animals. His dog's name is Bronte.
He no longer has cats.
Tomie Growing Up
Tomie Comes to New Hampshire
Tomie came to New London in 1972 for a teaching job at Colby Sawyer College.
He taught theater and art.