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New Picture Book By Local Author

Summer in A Bowl, By Joan Leotta

When is soup more than soup? When it is Summer in a Bowl! This delightful tale of garden harvest that becomes a vegetable soup is also a tale of the bond that gardening can forge between a loving adult and a child. It offers a glimpse into the way a parent’s view of food can influence a child’s willingness to venture into new taste experiences.

Summer in a Bowl relates Rosa’s summer Thursday afternoons with her Aunt Mary and how that last Thrusday afternoon introduces her to the taste treat of summer vegetables in broth. You may have first met Rosa in her winter snow-day sledding adventure with her father in Leotta’s first picture book, WHOOSH! The same illustrator, Rebecca Zeissler, brings Rosa to life once again, in this later-summer look at how an ordinary day can become special.

When asked what she would like people to know about Summer in A Bowl, author, Joan Leotta, said, “Food, special recipes, savory as well as sweet are often a good way of preserving family memories and traditions. This book is based on my own memory of a summer afternoon spent with my real Aunt Mary. The recipe for the book’s soup, based on, but not the same as Aunt Mary’s is included in the back matter and makes a fun exercise in introducing children to cooking.”

Leotta writes about food on a regular basis. She says, “I find that my newspaper articles, poetry, fiction and essays also often focus on food and family, two topics that are intertwined for me.”

On Amazon.com, Ryan Santee says, in his ftive star review of the book, “My daughter has just received … this book for her first birthday and can’t put it down.”

Summer in a Bowl is Joan Leotta’s second picture book featuring Rosa, a girl who loves spending time with family. WHOOSH!, the first tells of a day Rosa spends sledding with her Dad. Two more Rosa books are already in the works. Rosa’s Red Apron with Rosa helpping her mother make cookies for a family party will be released in November, and in January, Rosa’s Seashell, will take Rosa to the beach. Any one of the books makes a great gift for a child int eh age 3-9 age range.

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Joan Leotta is a story performer as well as a writer and is available to speak on writing for children, to talk about writing to children, and to give story performances for all ages. Check out her blog for details on the making of a picture book.

www.joanleotta.wordpress.com.

Contact the author through the message section on the facebook page, Joan Leotta, Author and Story Performer or send her an email at joanleotta@atmc.net if you would like to have her come and speak to your school about writing and or performing stories. She is willing to appear in person or via SKYPE.

Learn more

Joan Leotta is a story performer as well as a writer and is available to speak on writing for children, to talk about writing to children, and to give story performances for all ages. Check out her blog for details on the making of a picture book.

www.joanleotta.wordpress.com.

Contact the author through the message section on the facebook page, Joan Leotta, Author and Story Performer or send her an email at joanleotta@atmc.net if you would like to have her come and speak to your school about writing and or performing stories. She is willing to appear in person or via SKYPE.

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