One If By Land
A Massachusetts Number Book
Did you know that all U.S. dollars are printed on special paper from a company in Massachusetts, or that Yankee Candle Co. was started by a 16-year-old boy from that state? The first Thanksgiving took place in Massachusetts, but would you guess that the first game of basketball, the first public library, and the first labor strike also happened there? Did you know that Dr. Seuss and the real Johnny Appleseed hailed from Massachusetts, or that quahog clams are the ones most often used for chowder? Lively tidbits like these make learning about states more fun, and they are just a few examples of what you'll find in this educational and entertaining book. One if by Land is relevant not only to children who live in Massachusetts but to anyone who wants to learn more about our nation's history.
Author: Heidi E. Y. Stemple
Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple grew up in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and after 18 years of living elsewhere, she has returned. She has also returned to the family business—writing children's books—after working as a probation/parole officer, a private investigator, and a bartender. Her mother, with whom she has been working with for many years on books including Dear Mother, Dear Daughter and The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories, is author Jane Yolen. Though Heidi did not want to be a writer like her mom when she was growing up, now she cannot imagine doing anything else. Heidi has two daughters, Maddison and Glendon.
Illustrator: Jeannie Brett
Jeannie enjoys visiting elementary schools around New England, sharing with both students and educators her original artwork, her love of the natural world and her excitement about the process of illustrating and writing children's books. Jeannie studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She lives in York, Maine, with her husband Greg, and their three children, Gregory, Sophie, and Lee. They share their home with a horse named Bailey, a wonderful Newfoundland, Cali, and two enormous cats (brothers) Macaroni and Tortellini.