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"Fur and Feathers" Wins Teachers' Choice Award


"Fur and Feathers," written by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein, has been awarded the 2012 Teachers’ Choice Award for Picture Books. Sylvan Dell Publishing is the publisher. Teachers’ Choice Awards have been a part of "Learning Magazine" since 1994. It is the only awards program judged exclusively by teachers. This year, only ten children’s books received the distinction. "Fur and Feathers" weaves a creative, imaginative tale of caring, friendship, and animal coverings.

South Milwaukee, WI, October 27, 2011 --(PR.com)-- “Fur and Feathers,” written by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein, has been awarded the 2012 Teachers’ Choice Award for Picture Books. Sylvan Dell Publishing is the publisher.

Teachers’ Choice Awards have been a part of “Learning Magazine” since 1994. The program has grown to become one of the most recognized and prestigious awards in the educational market. It is the only awards program judged exclusively by teachers in the classroom. This year, only ten children’s books received the distinction.

Halfmann and Klein previously won a Teachers’ Choice Award for “Little Skink’s Tail,” their first collaboration for Sylvan Dell.

“I am so honored to win this award for the second time,” Halfmann said. “To win an award judged by classroom teachers is doubly rewarding. I hope that because of this recognition many more children will have the opportunity to read 'Fur and Feathers.'”

In the story, Sophia dreams that howling winds whisk the fur and feathers off her animal friends. She shares her clothing with them, but that doesn’t work well at all. Seeing their disappointment, she finds her grandma’s huge sewing box and offers to sew each animal a new coat. They line up to explain what they need and why. Polar Bear needs white fur to stay warm and hide in the snow. Fish needs scales, but with slime. And how will Sophia make a prickly coat for Porcupine? "Fur and Feathers" weaves a creative, imaginative tale of caring, friendship, and animal coverings.

Halfmann is the award-winning author of more than thirty fiction and nonfiction children’s books. Other recent titles include “Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish;” “Good Night, Little Sea Otter;” and “Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story.” Halfmann grew up on a farm in Michigan and now lives in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Award-winning illustrator Klein has been a freelance artist for nearly twenty years. She works as an on-staff artist for a marine park, where she does everything from painting life-size sea animals to murals, to illustrating children’s activity books. Other books for Sylvan Dell are: “Meet the Planets,” “Where Should Turtle Be?” and “If a Dolphin Were a Fish.” Klein lives in Florida.

For more information about the author and illustrator, visit www.janethalfmann.com and www.lauriekleinart.com.

For more information about the books and Sylvan Dell, visit www.sylvandellpublishing.com

Visuals & Other Requests: For cover art or author/illlustrator headshots, visit www.sylvandellpublishing.com/ImageGallery.htm

For all interview requests or media queries, please contact Sylvan Dell’s publicist, Ashlee Rowe, at (877) 243-3457 or ashleerowe@sylvandellpublishing.com

Sylvan Dell Publishing’s mission is to excite children’s imaginations with artistically spectacular science, math and nature-themed stories. Founded in November of 2004, Sylvan Dell has grown to include more than 75 authors and illustrators in the United States and Canada, and 65 titles – honored as finalists or winners of over 70 book awards. The company’s Science and Math Through Literature Program integrates reading, science, math, geography, character skills, and language learning through fun, cross-curricular activities. Sylvan Dell provides more online educator resources than any other publisher in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com

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