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St. Nicholas and the Season

It's encouraging to hear the response to "The Secret of St. Nicholas" as I talk with its author, Ellen Nibali, and people who have read it around the country. The story is one that's accessible to young and old alike....based around a theme of doing good deeds in secret. The Nicholas in the story doesn't set out to be a hero, but his generosity changes the world around him nonetheless. – lec

 

Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 03:43PM by Registered CommenterLon Eric Craven | CommentsPost a Comment

A view of the village

Just looking out on the street at the comings and goings. The Secret of St. Nicholas is now available at www.fairlandbooks.com. It's being read to children all around the country right now, and we hope the Christmas season will bring continued interest.

The children I've read the book with have offered many time periods when they believed St. Nicholas was young, from the 11th century to the early 20th century. They have also guessed his homeland as England, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Sweden.....even New York City!

So Ellen Nibali's book has served to correct the record, at least for the scores of children who have viewed my presentations of the book. They offer anticipated endings, too, which shows me the story is keeping them engaged all the way through.

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 01:34PM by Registered CommenterLon Eric Craven | CommentsPost a Comment

Something different

While working on books of a much more cheerful nature, I've also worked out a few illustrations to go with a condensed version of "Frankenstein." This one had to capture a lot of things happening all at once.

The natural settings of the books I'm engaged in right now are a welcome change. They feature jumping deer, deep woods and mountains, a remote cabin, blueberries and a turkey gobbler.

Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 10:47PM by Registered CommenterLon Eric Craven | CommentsPost a Comment

Looking out my own window

Still looking for a few extra hours in each day. The rainy weather will make it a little easier to stay in the studio.

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 07:11PM by Registered CommenterLon Eric Craven | CommentsPost a Comment | References18 References

Why are you crying?

Another picture from the book. The paint and pencil dust have been flying for a while, but I'll try to upload new images from time to time. – lec

Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 05:04PM by Registered CommenterLon Eric Craven | CommentsPost a Comment