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About the author:
Dorothea Jensen, born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. She majored in English Literature at Carleton College. After graduation, she taught high school English, then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America. Later she earned a masters degree in Secondary Education (with a concentration in TESOL) at the University of New Mexico. She has lived in many places, including: Massachusetts, Illinois, Minnesota, Brazil, Tennessee, New Mexico, Virginia, the Netherlands, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. Married to her Carleton classmate, David, she has three grown children and six grandsons.
She is also the author of THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, an award-winning novel about the American Revolution for young readers. Named a Teachers Choice Selection by the International Reading Association soon after publication, it is read in classrooms throughout the U.S. It also won a first prize in the historical fiction category of the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Award, and was issued as an e-book by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014.
Dorothea hugely enjoys writing and reading aloud stories in verse. She tells her grandsons (who "star" in some of the stories) that she has eight elves in her head telling her what to write down. This is not far from the truth. Four of the stories dictated by the elves have been finished; four more are in the works.
Dorothea has completed another historical novel for young readers, called A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE. Set in 1825 in the small town in New Hampshire where she has lived since 1991, it will be released 4/22/16 by BQB Publishing.
In addition to writing, Dorothea is an experienced actress and singer. She performed with the Ex Machina Baroque Opera Company in Minneapolis, and also played most of the Gilbert and Sullivan battle-ax contralto and ingenue mezzo roles with companies in Philadelphia and Minneapolis. The last time she played a ditzy G & S teenager was when she was 44, which required a wig, contact lenses, false eyelashes, and plenty of make up!
She has narrated her Izzy Elves stories for audiobooks, available at Amazon.com, Audible.com, and iTunes.
Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf
Santa's Izzy Elves #4
The Winner of a Santa Choice Award and the first prize winning children's book in the the first ever Red City Review Book Awards!
The Santa's Izzy Elves stories are not your usual picture books: older kids who enjoy playing with words and reading rhythmical verse will love them, too!
One reason for this is that although these stories echo the famous 19th century poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" Santa's Izzy Elves are definitely 21st century, with electronic devices galore in their North Pole workshop!
In this fourth story of the series, Frizzy, one of Santa's Izzy Elves, styles the hair of Christmas dollies, but misses them dreadfully when Santa takes them away on Christmas Eve. (She suffers from S.A.D.: Seasonal Affection Distress.) Frizzy decides she needs to change her job so she doesn’t get so attached to the toys she works on. She starts making something completely different but soon finds that her plan isn’t going to work out exactly as she intended!
“...a highly original and wonderfully developed children’s book...appeal[s] to…girls and boys alike…a memorable Christmas story for children that is so good…it will be enjoyed year round.” 5 Stars - Red City Review
- Publication Date:
- 1495122859 / 9781495122859
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 8.5" x 11"
- Full Color with Bleed
- Related Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent