August 15, 2015 – ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — Joan Leotta’s WHOOSH! was released in hardcover format by THEAQ Publishing today. Illustrations were done by Rebecca Michael Zeissler. WHOOSH! is intended for ages 3 through 9.
A snow day! Share the excitement of waking up and discovering that the ground is covered with snow. Even better, we are snowed in and Dad is home instead of at work! To celebrate, Dad and I are going sledding.
The sound of the sled going down the hill at a nearby park (WHOOSH!) guides the tale through the fun and bonding between the child and her dad. His love for her is demonstrated in the smallest ways — in gestures she may not understand now, but will impact her later.
In dialogue with both her dad and mom, the child reveals that time with them is indeed the most important thing to her — any day. This book is written from the first person point of view, so that the listener is able to visualize themselves in the role of the child.
Including essays, poetry, short stories and young adult fiction, Joan Leotta is a versatile and award-winning author and journalist. WHOOSH! is her debut children’s picture book. She crafted this tale from her own memories of sledding in a local park with her hard working dad on the few days he was home from work (often due to snow!) “The father-daughter relationship is an important one,” she says. “This story developed from not only days I spent with my own father, but also the loving relationship between my husband and our daughter is the same—differing only in the setting of Virginia rather than Pennsylvania.”
Leotta has been playing with words on paper and on stage from the first time she could hold a pen and climb onto a stage. Her motto is “encouraging others through pen and performance.” She gathers inspiration for writing and performing from everyday incidents and objects. She has been a story performer, mostly for children, for more than thirty years. She was a Tupelo 30/30 poet in February of 2015. She has essays forthcoming in Eastern Iowa Review and The Maine Review. Joan also performs historic character and folklore shows. Leotta now lives and spends a lot of time walking the beach with her husband Joe. Learn more about her and her writing at theaqpublishing.com.
Rebecca Michael Zeissler studied art and design at Eastern Illinois University, and has been an illustrator for more than 25 years. Working primarily with pen and ink, Michael Zeissler has expanded her materials to include watercolor washes, oils and colored pencil.
Michael Zeissler’s work has been widely published in newspapers and magazines, with the primary focus being children’s publications, such as “Chicago Parent Magazine,” for which her artwork won the 1994 Best Cover Illustration award from Parenting Publications of America.
After a lengthy stint as a software specialist and database administrator in corporate America, Michael Zeissler is once again fully committed to her artwork, creating twelfth-scale miniature paintings and illustrating children’s books including the hi, My nAMe is series and Not Everyone Likes Peas.
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