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Ivy Takes Care - Press Release and Q&A

Ivy Takes Care - Press Release and Q&A

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Ivy Takes Care - Press Release and Q&A with Author Rosemary Wells and Illustrator Jim LaMarche

Ivy Takes Care - Press Release and Q&A with Author Rosemary Wells and Illustrator Jim LaMarche

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Published by: Candlewick Press on Feb 05, 2013
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Ivy Takes Care
Rosemary Wells
illustrated by
Jim LaMarche
On sale February 26, 2013
Price: $15.99 ($18.00 CAN)ISBN: 978-0-7636-5352-1208 pages • Ages 8–11
In an adventure lled with humorand heart,
On the Blue Comet 
authorRosemary Wells tells of a girl’sunforgettable summer caring foranimals in the midcentury Southwest
Brokenhearted after her best friend leavesfor the entire summer, Ivy rallies and ndsherself something new and exciting to do:she hires herself out take care of people’sfarm animals and pets while they’re away.So begins a summer of discovery anddenition for tenderhearted but sensibleIvy, who must win over the stubborn ponyChestnut, take on the training of a puppynamed Inca, and patiently court the trustof the magnicent but scarred racehorseAndromeda. All this while tending toher own private hurts and hopes, andmanaging the hapless tagalong Billy Joe,who has a knack for trouble and accidentslike nobody else. Celebrated writer Rosemary Wells delivers a compassionatelyobserved and exquisitely distilled novelset in midcentury Nevada about a heroinewith an exceptional gift, a heart of gold,and a budding dream for her future.
About Rosemary Wells
Born in New York City,Rosemary Wells grew up ina house lled with “books,dogs, and nineteenth-centurymusic.After a brief tenure atthe School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, she gotmarried and began a career asa book designer, then published her own rstpicture book. Rosemary Wells’s career as anauthor and illustrator now spans more than forty years and 120 books. She has won numerousawards and has given readers such unforgettablecharacters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She is the author of 
Following Grandfather,
 illustrated by Christopher Denise; author andillustrator of 
Love Waves;
author of 
On the Blue Comet,
illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline; co-author (with Secundino Fernandez) of 
MyHavana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood,
illustratedby Peter Ferguson; author of 
Lincoln and HisBoys,
illustrated by P.J. Lynch; and the illustrator of 
My Very First Mother Goose 
Here ComesMother Goose,
edited by Iona Opie.
About the Author and Illustrator
About Jim LaMarche
 Jim LaMarche is the illustrator of more than twenty books for children, including
 A Story for Bear 
by Dennis Haseley,
The Carousel 
by Liz Rosenberg,
The Rainbabies
by Laura KraussMelmed, and
by Donna Jo Napoli. He is the author-illustrator of 
The Raft,
which won the Irma S.and James H. Black Award for Excellence inChildren’s Literature and was an InternationalReading Association Teachers’ Choice. JimLaMarche grew up in Wisconsin and now livesin California.
Illustration copyright © 2012 by Jim LaMarche
Author Rosemary Wells
This is your fth middle-grade title in the last  four years. What appeals to you about writing for this age group?
I like writing for this age group because kids inthe fourth, fth, and sixth grades are still youngenough to have magic appeal to them and nottoo old for invention. They also have goodreading skills, so I can really talk to them.
You have talked of spending a lot of time withhorses and dogs as a child. How much of your childhood experiences inuence Ivy’s story?
I will never forget the summer of 1958, ridinghorses in the mountains of Nevada. Each daywas a discovery of wonder antlers found in thebrush, turtle shells, rattlesnakes, drinking fromcrystal streams, and enjoying the beauty of naturehigh, high above the routine world.
Do you think young readers will identifywith Ivy?
I like to write for kids who strike out ontheir own in order to solve problems. I lovewriting for tomboys like I was with greatimaginations and opportunities to enrich their futures by being condent and inventive, whichIvy is.
A with the Author and the Illustrator
Illustrator Jim LaMarche
Why did you want to illustrate
Ivy Takes Care
I was honored to be offered the chance to reada new Rosemary Wells story, and ten pages intothe rst chapter I was certain I wanted to makethe art for 
Ivy Takes Care.
For many years I’vegone to the Sierra Mountains to backpack andski with my family, and I was surprised thatRosemary could, from New York, create such abelievable Sierra ranch girl like Ivy. Somehowshe got it just right Ivy is the kind of girl whowould have t right in on our backpacking trips.My wife, Toni, and I took a road trip toCarson City and camped in the Eastern Sierrasto gather the right look and feel of the landfor the pictures. If only I could add the scentof the sage in the high, dry mountain air to myillustrations.I hope I’ll get a chance to work withRosemary again!
How would you describe your style as anillustrator?
That’s a tough question for me. I don’t feel Ihave much of a style. I use the same materialsfor every book I do watercolor paper withacrylic washes and colored pencils. Some booksare more realistic than others, but I think theyall have a connection to my love of the naturalworld. I have always been attracted to the softcolors and stunning design I see in nature.But I think of each page of art as a stage set,dramatically lit to bring out the magic of thewords on that page. I try not to get in the wayof the story with a distracting style. I want mypictures to appeal to children and adults.
Illustration copyright © 2012 by Jim LaMarche

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