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About Elisa Kleven
Elisa Kleven writes and illustrates picture books because she’s never outgrown her childhood passion for art and story-making. Having spent much of her childhood creating magical, miniature worlds, Elisa now creates similar worlds inside of her picture books.
Elisa is the author and/or illustrator of over thirty books. Her books have received many honors, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award for SUN BREAD, ALA Notable and School Library Journal Best Books of the year citations, and inclusion in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Reading Rainbow series. Elisa's stories have also been performed as plays and ballets by professional theater and dance companies.
In 2018 Elisa delivered a TEDx Talk on the power of retaining a childlike imagination throughout life, and she loves to share her thoughts about this with both children and adults.
To learn more about Elisa and her work, please visit her website: www.elisakleven.com
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Lizzy loves the big apple tree in her yard more than anything. So when the first day of school comes, she picks a beautiful apple, turns it into a makeshift doll she names Susanna, and takes it along to keep her company. But her teacher tells her that dolls aren't allowed at school. Even worse, her sister says that Susanna won't last forever. Then Lizzy's mom shows her a way to turn Susanna into a real apple doll. And with the help of Susanna the Apple Doll, Lizzy overcomes her shyness at school and makes plenty of new friends to bring home to play in her beloved apple tree.
Detailed, delightful collage illustrations accompany this sweet story about one girl's success in bringing together her home world and her school world. Instructions for making an apple doll just like Susanna are included!