FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Summer in a Bowl by Joan Leotta Paperback Published

Summer in a BowlJoan LeottaRebecca Michael Zeissler

September 30, 2016 - ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- Joan Leotta's Summer in a Bowl was released in paperback format by THEAQ Publishing today. Illustrations were done by Rebecca Michael Zeissler. Summer in a Bowl is intended for ages 3 through 9.
"Summer in a Bowl" is a wonderful introduction to the joys of gardening and cooking with children. Rosa spends every Thursday helping Aunt Mary tend her garden. On this last Thursday of the season, they harvest the vegetables and cook them. Rosa finds that vegetables can be delicious and discovers a new way to preserve all of her summer fun.
Including essays, poetry, short stories and young adult fiction, Joan Leotta is a versatile and award-winning author, poet, and story performer.
Leotta has been playing with words on paper and on stage from the first time she could hold a pen and climb. 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--including historic characters and folklore shows. To her credit are four young adult novels, numerous plays and poems, and a picture book called "WHOOSH!"
Joan attended Ohio University and Johns Hopkins, where she concentrated on international relations and economics.
Joan grew up in Pittsburgh now lives, and spends a lot of time walking the North Carolina beaches, with her husband Joe. Her motto is “encouraging others through pen and performance.”
Joan Leotta crafted this tale from her own memories of gardening and occasionally cooking with her Aunt Mary and the countless times she tired new things and foods at her father's urging. Joan has a strong commitment to using natural foods and to providing wonderful meals for family and friends. Joan writes food articles for the local newspaper and is on the Board of the Waccamaw Slow Food USA Chapter.
Rebecca Michael Zeissler has been an illustrator for more than 25 years. Working primarily with pen and ink, Michael Zeissler also employs watercolor, colored pencil and digital coloring techniques with her art.
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 Best Cover Illustration award from Parenting Publications of America. After a lengthy stint as a software specialist and database administrator, Michael Zeissler is once again fully committed to her artwork, creating twelfth-scale miniature oil paintings and illustrating children's books.
Michael Zeissler studied art and design at Eastern Illinois University, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF).
THEAQ Publishing partners with highly-creative authors and illustrators to design, publish and market print and digital works of literary art.
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