April Halprin Wayland
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About April Halprin Wayland
Newsflash! The New York Times reviewed MORE THAN ENOUGH--A Passover Story, next to a book for children by the Pope ~
I am so lucky: I'm a farmer turned folk musician turned author of award-winning picture books and a novel (MORE THAN ENOUGH--A Passover Story, NEW YEAR AT THE PIER--A Rosh Hashanah Story, IT'S NOT MY TURN TO LOOK FOR GRANDMA!, THE NIGHT HORSE, TO RABBITTOWN, GIRL COMING IN FOR A LANDING--a novel in poems).
My poems are in more than 30 anthologies, (including all of the Poetry Friday Anthologies) and my works have won the Sydney Taylor Award for Best Jewish Picture Book of the Year, Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award, Penn State's Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Award for Children's Poetry, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Magazine Merit Award for Poetry; the recording of my stories and poetry won the National Parenting Publications Gold Award for Storytelling.
I've taught writing and poetry throughout the US and in Germany, England, Italy, France, and Poland.
With my best friend author Bruce Balan (who sails around the world with his wife on a trimaran), I co-founded the political organization, Authors and Illustrators for Children. I am also a founding member of the Children's Authors Network. I was named the UCLA Extension Writers' Program Best Creative Writing Instructor of the Year. I can't believe I've been an instructor with UCLA Extension for over 16 years. Wow. I must be old. Nah.
I'm sorry. I don't always sound this braggy. It may be the caffeine.
MORE THAN ENOUGH--A Passover Story follows a family as they prepare for Passover dinner, stopping to appreciate moments in their day. This is what my favorite Passover song, "Dayenu," is about. Dayenu means "it would have been sufficient." If all I have are these two shoes on my feet, they are enough. The song and this story help me see that if all I have is this moment to write this Amazon bio, this is enough.
NEW YEAR AT THE PIER--A Rosh Hashanah Story is about the tradition of Tashlich--that of tossing bread into water to clear the slate for the New Year.
I live with my family near the beach in Southern California where I toss bread off the pier each New Year. My family includes my very smart husband, our little boy (who is studying to be a doctor in Australia), our licky, lanky dog named Eli, a cat named Snot (my husband named him), three turtles (including one called Tic Tac Zoppi), a tortoise named Sheldon and a gazillion goldfish. I hope you visit my website soon. My tagline is: ½ poet, ½ author, ½ not good at fractions.
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In this story told in spare, lyrical prose, a Jewish family prepares for their Passover seder, visiting the farmer's market for walnuts, lilacs, and honey (and adopting a kitten along the way!), then chopping apples for the charoset, and getting dressed up before walking to Nana's house. The refrain throughout is “Dayenu”—a mind-set of thankfulness, a reminder to be aware of the blessings in each moment. At Nana's, there's matzo ball soup, chicken, coconut macaroons, and of course, the hidden afikomen. After opening the door for Elijah and singing the verses of “Chad Gadya,”Nana tucks the children in for a special Passover sleepover.
This warm, affectionate story embraces Passover in the spirit of dayenu, and offers a comprehensive glossary—it’s a perfect read for the entire family in anticipation and celebration of the holiday.
Written in free verse by award-winning children's poet April Halprin Wayland, with gorgeous watercolor illustrations by renowned illustrator Robin Spowart.
Originally published by Scholastic Inc, this gentle story got a starred review in School Library Journal and became a Blue Ribbon Best Seller.
Helpful tips and facts are interspersed throughout. This book will be a great classroom tool to teach young readers how they can help to make the Earth a greener place.