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August 28, 2008

Here's a new collection of  I Can Read stories from HarperCollins. This one includes THE BIG BALLOON RACE that I illustrated and Eleanor Coerr wrote.
This wonderful story was nearly rejected before being rescued by the young assistant assigned to write the "we regret" letter. 
Late Friday afternoon she read the manuscript again before typing the letter and suggested my art work.
The Editor said if I'd illustrate it, they would do it and the rest is history...........  There has been a first edition hardcover in 3 colors, a new full color hardcover edition, paperback, paperback with a cassette, and now this new collection and it was  a PBS Reading Rainbow selection. The "war stories" behind books can be almost as good as the book itself.

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