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Kids Talk Grief: Ella's Story

French Toast Sundays shows the week of mourning through the eyes of a child. Kids Talk Grief is a series of interviews and guest blog posts from children or young people all of whom have had to deal with the loss of someone close to them. ( Some of the names and personal details have been changed to protect their privacy .) Ella is a 24 year old&nb...
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Kids Talk Grief: David's Story

French Toast Sundays shows the week of mourning through the eyes of a child. Kids Talk Grief is a series of interviews and guest blog posts from children or young people all of whom have had to deal with the loss of someone close to them. ( Some of the names and personal details have been changed to protect their privacy .) David was 12 years old, ...
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Interview: Inbal Gigi Bousidan

We had been looking at portfolios of illustrators work and as soon as I saw Inbal's I thought 'That's it'. It was love at first sight. Later, when I saw her first illustrations, I knew we had found the right illustrator for the job. I was curious about how Inbal went about illustrating the book. This is what she told me. Inbal: When I read the text...
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Kids Talk Grief: Dana's story

French Toast Sundays shows the week of mourning through the eyes of a child.  Kids Talk Grief is a series of interviews and guest blog posts from children or young people all of whom have had to deal with the loss of someone close to them.  ( Some of the names and personal details have been changed to protect their privacy .)  D...
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Another Sweet Dish - Aliter Dulcia

Break a slice of fine white bread, crust removed, into rather large pieces. Soak in milk and beaten eggs. Fry in oil, cover in honey, and serve. (Apicius, 4 th Century) Leavened or not, bagels or brioche, pita or chappati, Wonderbread or challah, every culture has its bread. And where there is bread, there are leftovers. One of the most popular way...
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Arthur Syzk: The London Years

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In 1847 London got its first double decker omnibus and Londoners got to see London above eye level. Well not quite. You get what you pay for, and those first double-deck passengers may have had a seat with a view but they were most likely too busy shivering in London drizzle to be able to enjoy the view. Those early omnibuses were roofless and tick...
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Chatting to The Children's Book Review

Chatting with Nicki Richesin of The Children's Book Review about mime, writing about Marcel Marceau, silence and the writing life. Gloria Spielman is the author of two picture books Janusz Korczak's Children  and  Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime  which has been awarded a Silver Medal in the 2011 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards in the ...
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Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour Interview

Talking to Shannon Hitchcock of Shannon and The Sunshine Band as part of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour. Gloria Spielman is a children's author whose latest book Marcel Marceau Master of Mime was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, a Moonbeam Children's Book Award Silver Medalist, and a Sydney Taylor Book Awards, Notable Book. Gloria, co...
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Lorin Eric Salm: Mime Artist

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Lorin Eric Salm is an American actor and mime instructor. Trained by the world-renowned master of mime Marcel Marceau, he is a graduate of Marceau's Paris International School of Mimodrama. Mr. Salm teaches mime at his own Mime Theatre Studio in Los Angeles, is a movement coach and mime coach for Hollywood film and television productions, a guest i...
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Silence, Blessed Silence

This post was my third guest blog for the Jewish Book Council and appeared on The Forward. One of the upshots of all the reading and thinking I did for "Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime," was that I ended up doing a lot of thinking about something I'd never thought that much about before — silence and its power. It never used to be like this. I wasn'...
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My First Writing Group: The Internet

This post was my second guest blog for the Jewish Book Council and appeared on The Forward. It all started back in March 1999. We'd just got our very first home Internet connection and I was setting off to navigate cyberspace and figure out what exactly was out there in that World Wide Web thing that everyone was going on about. These were the days...
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University of the Ghetto

This post appeared as the first of three guest blogs for the Jewish Book Council and on The Forward. When I'm back in London there's a building I like to visit. If you're an art lover and you've been to London. you may know the place. It's the Whitechapel Gallery in London's East End. But it's not the art that I go for, it's the building itself. Or...
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Interview with the Author of Janusz Korczak's Children

Writers can often be found either talking to themselves or to imaginary characters that exist only in their heads (crazy people). Given the extensive experience I've had of talking to myself I decided to interview myself. Me: So where did you get the idea of writing about Janusz Korczak from? Myself: Well Me, it all started way back when my daughte...
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Interview with the Author of Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime

Writers can often be found either talking to themselves or to imaginary characters that exist only in their heads (crazy people). Given the extensive experience I've had of talking to myself I decided to interview myself. Me: Where did you get the idea of writing about Marcel Marceau from? Myself: Well, I wish could say I saw a wonderful mime perfo...
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Interview with T. Daniel, mime artist

T. Daniel is an internationally known creator, choreographer and performer of mime. His work has been compared to Red Skelton, Buster Keaton and Marcel Marceau. T. Daniel studied mime under Marceau and Etienne Decroux, Father of Modern Mime. He talked to me from his Chicago home. How and when did you first become interested in mime? I became intere...
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Interview with Roman Wroblewski

Roman Wroblewski's father Misha was a teacher in Korczak's orphanage. When he began working at the orphanage, Misha was an engineering student. Misha was so impressed by Korczak that he gave up his engineering studies and began to study psychology and education instead. There were several other teachers working with Korczak in the ghetto orphanage ...
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Janusz Korczak's Children: From Idea to Final Manuscript

"How hard could it be to write a children's book? Short, simple words – a piece of cake." Not so. It may look easy but it takes time and effort to craft a story – any story. Writing itself is a process. When you start writing it is important to remember that your first draft is just that, a first draft. It is enough to simply spill out the words. H...
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French Toast Sundays shows the week of mourning through the eyes of a child. Kids Talk Grief is a series of interviews and guest blog posts from children or young people all of whom have had to deal with the loss of someone close to them. ( Some of the names and personal details have been changed to...
French Toast Sundays shows the week of mourning through the eyes of a child. Kids Talk Grief is a series of interviews and guest blog posts from children or young people all of whom have had to deal with the loss of someone close to them. (Some of the names and personal details have been changed to ...
We had been looking at portfolios of illustrators work and as soon as I saw Inbal's I thought 'That's it'. It was love at first sight. Later, when I saw her first illustrations, I knew we had found the right illustrator for the job. I was curious about how Inbal went about illustrating the book. Thi...

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French Toast Sundays shows the week of mourning through the eyes of a child. Kids Talk Grief is a series of interviews and guest blog posts from children or young people all of whom have had to deal with the loss of someone close to them. ( Some of the names and personal details have been changed to...
French Toast Sundays shows the week of mourning through the eyes of a child. Kids Talk Grief is a series of interviews and guest blog posts from children or young people all of whom have had to deal with the loss of someone close to them. (Some of the names and personal details have been changed to ...
We had been looking at portfolios of illustrators work and as soon as I saw Inbal's I thought 'That's it'. It was love at first sight. Later, when I saw her first illustrations, I knew we had found the right illustrator for the job. I was curious about how Inbal went about illustrating the book. Thi...