by Andrea von Botefuhr & Angela Russell
with Illustrations by Bryn Barnard
More than ever before, it is vitally important for us to encourage our children, by allowing them the freedom to develop their minds as a resource through which to realize their greatest potential.
Now you have the unique opportunity to pick up your autographed copy of this amazing children's favorite and attend one of 2 book readings at the Westfield Capital Mall in Olympia, Washington from 12/07/2012 through 12/16/2012. Our sales and book reading location is by the children's play area, right next to Chuck E. Cheese's and the Hallmark Gift Shop. This is a rare opportunity to meet author, Angela Russell, and to explore the many projects that KnowWonder Entertainment is currently engaged in. Come join us for all of the fun, laughter and excitement! We invite you to visit us and enter to win amazing gifts, also, for updates on times and directions, visit our blog at http://knowwonderentertainment.com/
THE LAND OF SMAERD (‘dreams’ spelled backwards) is a beautifully illustrated children’s book about a wondrous world where all things are possible: a place where dreams live while they are waiting to come true.
While conveying simple, yet powerful ideas designed to cultivate imagination, SMAERD beckons us to a place where we are free to soar...where children are encouraged to express their creativity, and where dreams are allowed to thrive.
Reflecting a limitless realm within the heart and soul of every dreamer, THE LAND OF SMAERD offers an enchanting metaphor for the unfathomable source from which all of creation emerges.
Originally written by a ten-year-old child, THE LAND OF SMAERD promotes purposeful optimism through its assurance that “No dream is impossible, too big or too small. Any dream can come true...any dream at all!”
Published in September 2008, THE LAND OF SMAERD was immediately honored with the ‘SILVER MOONBEAM’ International Children’s Book Award.
Throughout the story, a young girl is seen on a journey, exploring a world of dreams. The story then segues into an imaginative scenario concerning a little boy’s nightmare, which offers a unique understanding for what might otherwise, be considered ‘bad’ or frightening. At the end of the story, SMAERD encourages inter-active participation, by inviting children to draw and paint their own ideas, dreams and desires.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Andrea von Botefuhr and Angela Russell, were born in southern California, then grew up in the Hawaiian Islands. THE LAND OF SMAERD was originally written by Angela when she was ten years old. Inspired by its concept, Angela’s younger sister, Andrea, brought it to life decades later, recreating the story in verse. Angela then worked with illustrator Bryn Barnard and self-published THE LAND OF SMAERD IN 2008, immediately receiving the ‘SILVER MOONBEAM’ International Children’s Book Award.
As Founder and Creative Director of KnowWonder Entertainment, Angela Russell has devoted her life to the creation of visionary media and motion pictures designed to entertain, educate and inspire. For over twenty years, she has developed an independent body of work, which reflects a lifelong passion for the study, practice and creative application of metaphysics, or what is currently referred to as the ‘new physics‘. Angela also wrote, produced and hosted of the 'Know Wonder' internet radio show, aired on the World Puja Network broadcasting to 139 countries in 2009. Angela now lives in Washington state.
Andrea von Botefuhr’s creativity as a prolific poet and silk artist flourished while growing up on the Big Island of Hawaii. Her hand-painted garments and quilts have been featured in galleries in Los Angeles, Seattle and Hawaii. Andrea also studied holistic medicine, receiving her formal training in acupuncture and oriental medicine in Honolulu. Andrea now lives with her 14-year-old daughter on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Bryn Barnard’s technique of glazing – the use of many layers of tinted oils over a monochromatic opaque underpainting – has been around since at least the 12th century. Indeed, Maxfield Parrish’s dazzling, Technicolor effects were entirely dependent on glazing. The slow drying time of oil paint has made the medium rare in today’s tight-deadline illustration world, and the laborious and even slower technique of glazing has become almost extinct. However, with some oily tricks and an oven in his basement, Bryn has found a way to revive the ancient technique to achieve the saturation and luminosity he finds so compelling – and still meet his deadlines. His resulting paintings are alive with detail and full of narrative suggestion.
He has been called “one of the masters of science fiction art” by The Christian Science Monitor. A multi-talented artist with over 20 children’s and young adult books to his credit, he has painted historical reconstructions for The National Geographic Society, documented the U.S. Space Program for NASA, and created over 200 feet of murals, 20 feet high, for Children’s Hospital in Seattle. As illustrator and author of OUTBREAK and DANGEROUS PLANET, both published by Crown, Bryn’s work has been called “engrossing”
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