Tuesday, August 8, 2017

WORKSHOPS for ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS & ADULTS

When I was a young girl my world vision was shaped in part by looking at picture books. They aided my reading skills by visually identifying objects first before I knew how to read their names. With that memory in mind, my approach to illustrating and teaching about picture books is the art must convey an author's story in a way that is clear and detailed. My goal is to broaden a child's vision and help them learn to read.


Contact Melanie for session breakdowns and honorariums:  melhopegreenberg@aol.com

LITERARY CRAFT WORKSHOPS  
Art Activities based on my published books. 

YOUNG STUDENT WORKSHOPS - At Your School or by Skype. Highlights the writer/artist process, an interactive visual guide with easy to follow step by step techniques. Learn how to create an original story concept, a first draft, sketches, storyboards and final artwork for print. Student participation is encouraged. Reading / Drawing / Q&A.

* For Pre-K to Fifth grade 
* Maximum of 3-4 workshops a day
* Each workshop is 40 - 60 minutes 
* Small classroom / library settings and Large audiences using Power Point.
* School / Host provides honorarium and expenses for travel and meals. 
* Lodging must be provided for out of town trips.
* NYC DOE Vendor  -  Teaching Artist
* BOCES  - Teaching Artist

ADULT WORKSHOPS  
My workshops topics explore craft, selling and marketing a children's picture book idea for publication. They are for:
* ARTISTS / WRITERS (Published and Unpublished)
* MUSEUMS, CONFERENCES, LIBRARIES
* PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT   

Contact Melanie for session breakdowns and honorariums:  melhopegreenberg@aol.com








Monday, August 7, 2017

MERMAIDS ON PARADE


Age Range: 3 and up 
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Putnam and Sons; 1st edition (2008)

School Library Journal
The Mermaid Parade, a summer solstice ritual to open the beach season at Coney Island, started in 1983 as the revival of an older festival. Greenberg paints detailed—and accurate—layouts of the neighborhood, complete with shops, arcades, the F train to Coney Island, Astroland, and diverse people decked out in their sea-creature finery. She lavishes each joyful spread with upbeat colors and patterns. Skies echo the changing blue tints of the ocean. The minimal story line—a young girl narrates as she marches in the parade with her parents—functions like a tour guide, calling attention to the sights. The wealth of detail turns the pages into a Where's Waldo game: adults and children might challenge each other to locate the three main characters in an amusement-park panorama, or to count the number of pirates dancing on the Boardwalk. This is a fine way to keep the warm sun, sand, and celebration around all year.

Booklist
A young girl is excited to march in the Coney Island annual Mermaid Parade, which marks the official summer opening of the beaches. As the parade moves toward the sea for the opening ceremony, crowds cheer the fancifully dressed participants, and the girl grows more excited, until the final surprise comes: she wins the award for “Best Little Mermaid.” The descriptive first-person narrative is somewhat overlong, but it captures the girl’s anticipation and enjoyment, and vividly conveys the scene, from the “shiny costumes that sparkle and glitter” to the dancing East River Mermaids and the feel of the warm sun. Exuberant, cartoon-style gouache illustrations fill pages with a festive riot of colorful, diverse participants and activities, while a map view follows the parade’s route. Though place- and event-specific, this title offers an affectionate, upbeat depiction of costume fun, parades, and community celebrations. A final page includes a how-to for making a simple mermaid tail, and a note on Mermaid Parade history.

Kirkus
A good time is plainly had by all...[a] celebration of a colorful, distinctive local tradition.

THE WIND’S GARDEN


Age Range: 3 and up 
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt Books For Young Readers; 1st edition (2001)
Author: Bethany Roberts

Publishers Weekly
Roberts focuses on two parallel gardens--one carefully cultivated, the other the product of nature--in this cheery picture book. "I planted a garden. The wind planted a garden, too," announces the narrator, a lively girl with a green thumb and carrot-colored hair. As she charts the growth of both gardens in simple phrases ("The wind didn't weed. Its garden just grew"), readers can see for themselves the contrast between the girl's carefully tended plot with its neatly ordered rows, and the result of what happens when the wind "swirled around, throwing seeds to the ground, here and there and everywhere." The narrator makes no ultimate judgments; instead she happily appreciates the beauties of both styles. Like the gardens themselves, Greenberg's vibrant folk-art style gouache paintings burst with life, from the swooping curlicues used to indicate the wind to the zinnia-bright colors of the flowers and surrounding yard. Pink and purple sheets hang on the clothesline; a peach-colored house boasts a periwinkle door; a rolling line of blue hills anchors the horizon. This breezy tale ends with a few brief tips from the author on cultivating gardens both domestic and wild.

School Library Journal
A small girl describes the planting and growing of her garden while noticing and comparing the changes in the wind's garden, which is the nearby field. The child is purposeful and hardworking while the wind is, naturally, more carefree and expansive; but both gardens thrive on water and sunshine, are visited by bees and butterflies, and are beautiful. The story concludes with an author's note about growing a garden and about contributing to the wind's garden by blowing dandelion seeds. The flat, stylized gouache illustrations are colorful and cheery.

Booklist
A little girl describes how she planted, watered, and weeded her garden, while outside the fence, the wind planted a garden too. Though watered only by rain, the wind's garden has grown into a field of wildflowers alongside the girl's garden. Telling the story of the two gardens through a simple, first-person text, Roberts makes planting seeds, tending plants, and watching them grow sound mighty appealing. But the real excitement comes in the illustrations: all the waiting pays off in the riot of colorful flowers on the final pages. The naive-style gouache paintings suit the tone of the story well. A good book for reading aloud.

SUPERMARKET


Age Range: 3 and up 
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (2001)
Author: Kathleen Krull

School Library Journal
Information about this most frequent and important shopping place ranges from the early history of crops the Pilgrims learned to grow through the amazing, rich variety of products available today. The electric-eye doors open wide, and the shopping carts, piloted by people of all ages and types, roll in a jolly parade through a vast complex of bottles, boxes, cans, baked goods, fresh produce, dairy products, meats, and nonfood items to their final destination, the checkout counters. Added to this munificent display are all kinds of interesting facts about the food pyramid, the journey from field to unloading dock, the evolution of food marketing from barter to superstore, manager and employee activities behind the scenes, festive foods for holidays, and lots of pertinent statistics. Written in a clear and lively style, the text is printed in several typefaces and appears on boxes, bulletin boards, an ice-cream carton, etc., as well as in the usual places at the top and bottom of the pages, a format perfectly suited to the variety of subjects covered. Best of all, however, are the vibrant double-page gouache cartoon-style pictures using flat, decorative forms. Lots of busy people wander among the brilliantly colored arrangements of shapes and sizes for tremendous eye appeal. The only thing lacking is shoppers jabbering on their cell phones.

Booklist
If you lined up all the boxes of macaroni and cheese sold each year, the line would stretch from Los Angeles to New York and back again--more than 9 times." This is just one of the interesting tidbits found in this behind-the-scenes look at the neighborhood supermarket. The main text briefly relates the story of how food gets from farm to shelf. After that, it's a hodgepodge of information that many youngsters will find interesting. Additional text is placed within the gouache illustrations: for example, information on states famous for producing a particular food appears inside an outline map of the U.S. that is located on the side of a farm building. The artwork, filled to the brim with colorful products and active people, features a wonderful variety of signs that will encourage kids to practice reading and math; it can also be used to introduce the concept of advertising. Schools near a supermarket can extend this with a walking field trip. 

ON MY STREET


Age Range: 3 and up 
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Harper Growing Tree; 1st edition (2000)

MY FATHER’S LUNCHEONETTE


Age Range: 3 and up 
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books; 1st edition (1991)

Publishers Weekly
Past the hardware store and the bank, a red-haired girl hops and skips to her father's luncheonette, a popular gathering place in the hub of a busy Bronx neighborhood. Her father works from breakfast through dinner, flipping burgers and "fizzing up a thousand sodas." In addition to meeting her friends, the girl sometimes helps out with the menus or mixes up unusual drink concoctions (that the customers might not appreciate). "A budding chef," her proud dad exclaims. Amid the hustle and bustle, he always finds time to help his daughter with her homework. Though not employing a traditional storyline, Greenberg's ( At the Beach ) exuberant excursion recalls a time when mom-and-pop businesses proliferated and kids were a part of the workday scene. A sense of cheerful expectancy permeates the atmosphere, and the fresh, geometric artwork is rendered in bright colors with crisp contours.

School Library Journal
A carrot-topped young girl skips down the street and around the corner to her father's traditional Bronx luncheonette, where everything from the black-and-white tile on the floor to the jukebox that takes dimes and plays Twist records harks back to the early '60s. After happily devouring an egg cream, hamburger, and ice cream, plus splitting a square-scooped strawberry ice-cream soda with her best friend, she clips the dinner specials to the menus, then plays and helps till closing time. Flat, stylized illustrations feature colorful patterns and plenty of small bottles, jars, and other cafe accouterments, lending a lively but uncrowded effect. This cheery, simple narrative celebrates a small family business, and there is no sense of adult reminiscence or sentimentality. - John Peters, New York Public Library

IT’S MY EARTH, TOO





Age Range: 3 and up 
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (1992)
Author: Kathleen Krull

The book was made in an environmentally friendly manner. It was printed on recycled paper with soybean oil inks, there was no paper dust jacket, and water-soluble glues were used in the binding.

School Library Journal
“…. this could be very useful as an idea starter or discussion book in classrooms. There is a good list of activities for children to do by themselves. Especially useful are suggestions for conserving energy by changing habits and thinking before acting. The bright, cheerful illustrations show multiethnic children in a variety of situations.”