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About Jennifer Black Reinhardt
After working at advertising agencies and honing her skills at now obsolete design technology, Jennifer went on to have her artwork featured as best selling calendars, humor books, needlepoint kits, collector plates, and a Louie Award winning line of greeting cards.
Jennifer has created several books for children including; Gondra's Treasure, written by Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park, Sometimes You Fly, written by Newbery award winner Katherine Applegate (Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Blue Ethel, (Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus and Giroux) Yaks Yak (Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) written by Newberry award winning author, Linda Sue Park, The Inventor's Secret; What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford (Charlesbridge Publishing) by Suzanne Slade, Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons (Charlesbridge Publishing), by Alice B. McGinty, and The Adventures of a South Pole Pig (Harcourt Children's Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), written by Chris Kurtz.
Watch for Playing Possum (Clarion, HMH), written and illustrated by Jennifer in 2010!
Trading the mountains for the prairie, Jennifer now lives in Iowa City, Iowa. She happily works in a comfortably messy studio in her home where she lives with her husband. To see more of Jennifer's work please visit her website at JBReinhardt.com.
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This little-known story is a fresh, kid-friendly way to show how Thomas Edison and Henry Ford grew up to be the most famous inventors in the world—and best friends, too.
Flora the pig was born for adventure: “If it’s unexplored and needs to get dug up, call me. I’m your pig,” she says. The day Flora spots a team of sled dogs is the day she sets her heart on becoming a sled pig. Before she knows it, she’s on board a ship to Antarctica for the most exhilarating—and dangerous—adventure of her life. This poignant novel of a purposeful pig is sure to become a favorite with any young readers who have ever dreamed of exploring the great beyond.
In this winsome tale, Alfred, who plays dead, and Sophia, who rolls up in a ball, stand in for shy or anxious humans whose discomfort keeps them from fitting in. Jennifer Black Reinhardt has cast animals with defense mechanisms as characters to tell an imaginative, endearing story about learning to make friends by mastering fear and shyness. Alfred and Sofia open up to each other and go on to help other creatures who have social difficulties by practicing patience, forgiveness, and friendship—tools for overcoming the barriers that keep us from connecting with others. An author’s note lists real animals and their defensive behaviors.
Gondra has inherited traits from both her eastern (Asian) dragon dad and western (European) dragon mom and enjoys them all. She's especially happy that she's a combination of both. Cheerful banter and hilariously adorable dragon portrayals present a warm, appealing family portrait. The beautiful and fanciful illustrations are rich in whimsical details that invite repeated readings.
This gorgeous gift book, equally perfect for preschool graduations or college commencements, baby showers or birthdays, is an inspirational tribute to the universal struggles and achievements of childhood. Beginning with a first birthday, the scenes travel through childhood triumphs and milestones, coming full circle to graduation. A magical blend of succinct text and beautiful watercolors renders each moment with tenderness and humor and encourages readers to “remember then, with every try, sometimes you fail . . . sometimes you fly.”
Ethel is old, she is fat, she is black, and she is white. She is also a cat who is very set in her ways...until the day she turns blue! BLUE ETHEL is an adorable story written and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, showing readers that being different can be a good thing.
A Margaret Ferguson Book
As the year passes, Rabbi Benjamin's beautiful vest stretches tighter and tighter across his belly, and one by one the shiny silver buttons pop!-pop!-pop! off. When summer comes, Rabbi helps his congregation with their gardening, with the hiding of Chanukah presents, with the apple picking, and the fishing. Will all this hard work help Rabbi fit into his beautiful vest when Rosh Hashanah rolls around again?