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Tomie dePaola

Study of the Author Tomie dePaola

Caroline Scott

on 3 March 2013

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Transcript of Tomie dePaola

Children's Author Tomie dePaola -Intown Community School
-Incredible Illustrations
-Something for everyone
-Highlights non-mainstream cultures Why I Chose Tomie -Has been published for over four decades
-Has illustrated almost 250 books
-Has written more than 100 of those books
-His books have been translated into almost 25 different languages!
-Has won the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newberry Honor Award, and The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Associateion, The Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institutation, and the Living Treasure award from the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Awards
-Quote from the artist: When asked what his favorite color is, Tomie replies, "White. All of the other colors look great against it." Tomie's Professional Resumé -Writes about cultures other than his own
-Books have messages that encourage children to think about their role in society
-The Clown of God: any small talent is useful and important, and everyone has something to contribute
-Strega Nona: we all have responsibilities, and we must own up to our actions
-The Legend of the Bluebonnet: even one small child can make a difference
-The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush: everyone has a gift they can contribute The Work of Tomie dePaola
Critical Response Online Resources -Art Study: read the book, have the children make observations about the illustrations, and have them reproduce their own versions of the illustrations
-Author Study: go over Tomie's personal and professional information and then read the books; have the children respond critically to the books (orally, through writing, through drawing, etc.)
-Culture Study: discuss the many different Native American cultures; discuss Catholicisim and its saint stories
-See my "handout": a blog about using Tomie dePaola's works in the classroom.
www.tomiedepaolaforelementaryschoolers.blogspot.com About Tomie dePaola -Born and Raised in Connecticut
-Birthdate: September 15, 1934
-3 Siblings
-Interested in drawing and dancing
-Knew he wanted to write and illustrate since age four
-Studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York
-Irish-Italian heritage
-Lives in New London, New Hampshire General Information:
Video Interview With Tomie: www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/depaola Tomie dePaola: Classroom Applications
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