Feature story with photo in Lincoln Journal Star’s Neighborhood Extra section of the newspaper Children’s book authors to livestream Saturday storytimes in May, May 1, 2020
Handersen Publishing, Francie and Finch Bookshop and local authors provide livestream storytimes in May for Lincoln (and world) audiences. Presenting authors include Linda Stephen on May 16 with her picture book “The Day We Went to the Park,” Nichole Hansen, Karissa Bettendorf, Gina Bitner, and Kelly Kingsley. Videos were livestreamed on the Facebook page of www.FrancieandFinch.com.
From D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“The Day We Went to the Park is an origami picture book for ages 3-9 that offers the unusual pairing of colorful origami pictures and a rollicking rhyme that explores a community park.
Author Linda Stephen studied Japanese art extensively. This contributes a unique approach to illustrations crafted from hundreds of handmade Japanese papers and more than 1,000 origami paper sculptures.
Teachers interested in promoting outdoors-based educational opportunities to the very young will find The Day We Went to the Park the perfect read-aloud introduction to this experience. As its fun rhyme reviews the sounds (gravel crunching underfoot), creatures (squirrel), and insects to be found outdoors, kids will enjoy the rollicking rhyme’s encouragement of an inquisitive attitude towards nature: “Now, let’s watch the inchworms scale that purple feathery flower./Did you have any idea inchworms had that much power?”
Any adult who wants to engage a youngster with promises of fun and delightful discovery to be gleaned from a trip into the great outdoors will find the artistic representations, enthusiasm, and observational invitation in The Day We Went to the Park to be just the ticket for cultivating an early appreciation of nature.”
“Lincoln author creates origami children’s book about Holmes Lake” TV interview with Linda Stephen by reporter Nicole Griffith for CBS TV 1011 News Now in Lincoln, Nebraska. Interview at Holmes Lake with paper artist and now children’s book author and illustrator Linda Stephen about her first picture book “The Day We Went to the Park,” which features Holmes Lake Park through thousands of origami paper sculptures.
Radio host Lynette Fast for KZUM “Art Talk Live” interviews origami artist Linda Stephen about her new picture book “The Day We Went to the Park.” In-depth radio interview with the author and illustrator for 40 minutes.
Radio interview “Friday Live: Linda Stephen’s Art Exhibition & Book Launch,” NET Radio, Feb. 7, 2020 (Interview with Linda is at the end of the show at 1:05:27)
Author and Illustrator and Origami Artist Linda Stephen with NET Radio Genevieve Randall on “Friday Live” arts program Feb. 7, 2020 before First Friday in February and Linda’s book launch event and art exhibition reception at Francie and Finch Bookshop in downtown Lincoln.