Individual Author Record
Name: Claudia Marie LenartPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Photographer Born: in Sites:
Illinois ConnectionLenart lives in Northern Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationClaudia Marie Lenart is a fiber artist, illustrator and author. She experimented in the arts and handwork since childhood and while pursuing a career as a journalist. She finally found her true muse when she discovered needle felting. Her soft sculpture characters are created by repeatedly poking wool and other natural fibers, like alpaca, with a barbed needle. Claudia also uses a variety of other techniques to create her wool illustrations, including wet felting and pressed wool painting.
- Hansel and Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down Syndrome Twist , Loving Healing Press , 2014 - written by Jewel Kats
- Jenny and Her Dog Both Fight Cancer: A Tale of Chemotherapy and Caring , Loving Healing Press , 2016 - written by Jewel Kats
- Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early, Loving Healing Press , 2016 - written by Jewel Kats
- Seasons of Joy: Everyday is for Outdoor Play, coming in 2017
Titles At Your Library
Hansel and Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down Syndrome Twist (Fairy Ability Tales)
ISBN: 1615992502 Loving Healing Press. 2014 Hansel & Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down Syndrome Twist is an enchanting tale about how kindness overcomes callousness and leads to a wondrous reward. This adaptation of the classic Grimms' tale includes the wicked witch and the poor siblings in search of food, but in this case, five-year-old Hansel is a mischievous, yet courageous, boy with Down syndrome.
Young readers will learn that:
"I love that this book addresses not only the low expectations that society has of kids with Down syndrome but that the Mother has as well. What a gifted author to see past the diagnosis and tell a magical story of potential and belief!"
--Nancy Gianni, Founder & Gigi's Mom, GiGi's Playhouse: Down Syndrome Achievement Centers
"I find that Jewel Kat's message that someone's disability is not what makes a person, a great one. I like how she portrayed Hansel. He reminded me of my nephew who had Down syndrome-not only someone who was kind but also very smart. I believe it's a great book for every kid to read."
--Janet McNevin, Museum of disABILITY History
"Hansel shines as a courageous boy with incredible determination despite his challenges and succeeds in changing his family's circumstances. This story would help young readers look beyond disabilities and focus on the characters of those who have special needs. Claudia's breathtaking illustrations take this beloved tale to a whole new level. A must read for children of all ages."
--Shaila Abdullah, author, My Friend Suhana: A Story of Friendship and Cerebral Palsy
Learn more at www.JewelKats.com
Book #5 in the Fairy Ability Tales Series
Juvenile Fiction: Social Issues - Special Needs
Jenny and Her Dog Both Fight Cancer: A Tale of Chemotherapy and Caring
ISBN: 1615992790 Loving Healing Press. 2016
Jenny, a young girl undergoing treatment for cancer, discovers that her best friend, Dolly, also has cancer. Dolly is the family's dog, who has always been at Jenny's side through trying times, and Jenny vows to support Dolly as well. This bittersweet tale is a story of mutual devotion and loyalty. While the prognosis is not good for dogs with cancer, Dolly's love provides enduring hope and support for Jenny on her healing journey.
Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early
ISBN: 1615993061 Loving Healing Press. 2016
The King and Queen of Puppy Kingdom are joyfully awaiting the arrival of their Prince. But the couple and their kingdom are thrown into upheaval when it is learned that Prince Puppy will arrive early, before his important crown is completed. How can they call him Prince without a crown? Discover how the King solves this problem in Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early. Children will be swept away into this dreamy, fairy tale land of adorable dogs created from wool.
"Prince Preemie is a sweet book that offers a good way to start conversations with a preemie child about their early birth. The story hints at the stress and fear that comes with having a child prematurely, but leaves the reader feeling hopeful."