- Created on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:16
- Written by IVN
Imperial, California - Announcing the release of librarian Laurie Collins’ and award-winning artist Margie Florini’s classic new children’s story THE PAJAMAS OF MY DREAMS:
ABOUT THE BOOK: Inspired by the Pajama Drive of children’s service agency Cradles to Crayons (C2C), librarian Laurie Collins and fine artist Margie Florini have created The Pajamas of My Dreams, a soulful story illustrated in beautiful cut-paper collage that depicts children tucked in their beds wondering, "What will I be when I grow up?"
As the children drift off to sleep, they ponder what their futures hold; they dream of becoming artists, professional hockey players, doctors or master chefs. Tomorrow’s bakers see cupcakes and confections sprinkled on the pajamas of their dreams, while budding entomologists envision ants and butterflies on theirs. This classic picture book also considers those who don’t have the luxury of such dreams—children’s whose wishes are simpler and more immediate.
Collins shares, "There is no lovelier point in the day for a caregiver than when they tuck a child into bed, read them a story, give them a kiss, and probably ‘one more drink of water.’ Then they watch them slip off into the world of their dreams. Cradles to Crayons made me realize that not all children have this privilege."
Through this unique story’s familiar refrain and intricate cut-paper artwork, Collins and Florini share a message of hope for all children. To this end, the creative team is participating in a variety of events, story times and Pajama Drives tied to the good works of C2C and other like-minded charitable organizations.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Currently the children’s librarian at the Ipswich Public Library, Laurie Collins has worked in the Massachusetts library system for 13 years. During her career she has hosted countless "story times" and maintains that reading to her two sons was one of her favorite pastimes. It was her work in collaboration with the Newbury Town Library and Cradles to Crayons that planted the seed of an idea for this story. Collins is a lifelong Massachusetts resident.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Margie Florini is a born-and-bred Massachusetts resident, living on Boston’s North Shore. Florini is an award-winning artist and illustrator with an oeuvre of oil paintings and cut-paper collage works that are heavy on design and rendered with the mood and sensitivity that has become her signature. Florini operates Florini Fine Arts and is a businesswoman who has partnered for many years with other artists at Beach Street Studios in Manchester-by-the-Sea.
ABOUT THREE BEAN PRESS: Three Bean Press is a women-owned, Boston-based company that publishes high-quality, visual books, with a focus on art books, cookbooks and children’s books. Its titles include: Roger Nix, President at Six; An Octopus Named Mom; Boston, Inspirational Women; and Fresh & Honest: Food from the Farms of New England and the Kitchen of Henrietta’s Table (Best Cookbook 2009, The New England Book Festival). All books are available on threebeanpress.com.