Book Launch "The Day We Went to the Park" origami picture book of Holmes Lake Park

Feb 7 2020 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm

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About this event
New Origami Picture Book by Lincoln Artist Linda Stephen Features Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln. Book signing is Friday Feb. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Francie & Finch Bookshop, 130 S. 13th St. during the February First Friday ArtWalk in Lincoln. Meet the illustrator/author on Feb. 7. During February, see Linda's original art origami landscapes for the book illustrations on exhibit Feb. 1-28. Contact Linda at 402-483-0747 or Francie & Finch at 402-781-0459. BOOK BRIEF: The Day We Went to the Park, a rhyming picture book by Christine Manno and Lincoln paper artist Linda Stephen, will be published in February by Handersen Publishing. The illustrations feature Holmes Lake Park crafted from more than 1,000 origami paper sculptures. PRESS RELEASE ON NEW BOOK Handersen Publishing Announces February Publication of Origami Picture Book The Day We Went to the Park LINCOLN, Nebraska – Handersen Publishing, an independent children’s press, announces the upcoming release of the rhyming origami picture book The Day We Went to the Park by authors Linda Stephen and Christine Manno and illustrated by Linda Stephen. The book will be published in February 2020 and features Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln. The Day We Went to the Park takes the reader on a walk around a community park – exploring all there is to see, do and hear. Through rhyming verses and detailed origami paper sculptures, the story invites readers to observe, imagine and interact with some of the nature at the park including squirrels, ladybugs, pine trees, prairie flowers and a painted turtle. The origami illustrations featured in The Day We Went to the Park reflect the richly diverse communities in which we all live and include people of different ages, ethnicity, ability and gender. The Day We Went to the Park features brilliant illustrations crafted from hundreds of handmade Japanese papers and more than 1,000 origami paper sculptures, and playful text that will engage and delight readers of all ages. An excellent tool for teachers of indoor or outdoor classrooms, librarians, and guidance counselors, The Day We Went to the Park supports lessons on nature, friendship, mindfulness and diversity. The Day We Went to the Park is a worthy addition to any classroom or library collection seeking to promote diversity and inclusion awareness through children’s literature. Available from Ingram, at Handersen Publishing, or wherever books are sold. The hardback is $17.95, the paperback is $11.95, and the e-book is $4.99. Hardback ISBN—978-1-647030-03-2 ($17.95) Paperback ISBN—978-1-647030-02-5 ($11.95) E-book ISBN—978-1-647030-04-9 ($4.99) Publication Date: February 2020 Juvenile Fiction/Parks/Exploration/Outdoor Adventure Ages 3-9 Handersen Publishing 32 pages 8.5” x 11” Pre-order link: Book web site: Illustrator web site: About the Authors Christine Manno is a university professor and diversity scholar whose research explores the workplace experiences of minorities and persons with disability. Formally trained as a secondary education teacher, Christine was also the founder & CEO of a K-12+ tutoring business that served students for more than 15 years. In her free time, she enjoys long walks on crisp days with her French bulldog, Miss Daizy. Fluent in Japanese, Linda Stephen studied Japanese arts and worked for six years as a teacher and translator near Kyoto, Japan. She has served as a writer on five continents for clients including United Nations’ agencies, international nonprofits, technology start-ups, and book publishers. While in New York, after 9/11, Linda was inspired to create origami sculptures and landscapes to celebrate the moments that we have. Learn more at About the Illustrator Linda Stephen is an award-winning paper artist whose artworks are part of public and private collections around the world. Her origami landscapes have been featured in more than 150 juried exhibits across the country including the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of the Hudson Highlands in New York. Linda’s art medium is paper: Japanese handmade washi papers that she uses for background layering and origami sculptures. She teaches workshops on origami, Japanese culture and Japanese paper arts across the country. She lives in Lincoln, Neb. See a gallery at Follow on Facebook @LindaStephenOrigamiArt and on Twitter @LindaOrigamiArt. About Handersen Publishing Handersen Publishing is a family-owned, independent press focused on creating engaging books for young readers. Founded in 2016 in Lincoln, Neb., Handersen works with authors and illustrators on four continents and publishes books in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese. Since 2016, eight of their books have won national awards. Handersen is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association. To learn about author events or to see their catalog of picture, early reader, middle grade and young adult books, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. ###
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Francie and Finch Bookshop
130 S. 13th St.
Lincoln, NE 68508
United States
Phone: (402) 781-0459