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Written by Cress Sia
Illustrated by Lisa
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry,
but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can
introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become
friends.” – Maya Angelou
This quote was the business inspiration
for Hartlyn Kids co-founders, Aisha Greene and Christine Mills. Hartlyn Kids is
dedicated to bringing the diverse cultures of the world to children and their
families through stories that engage and inspire. Each of the books describes
the day in the life of a child from different parts of the globe and is written
by local authors native to the countries represented.
Readers can start their travels
with the Philippines with the first book in the collection, THE BAMBOO DANCE (Hartlyn Kids; ISBN: 978-061548-984-1;
September 2011), written by Cress Sia and illustrated by Lisa Butler. In this
book you will meet Paco and Diego, two Filipino boys, as they learn to dance
the tinikling, the national dance of the Philippines. Along the way, they will
learn that practice makes perfect, especially when you have the encouragement
of your friend!
Journey with Paco and Diego and
all the other special friends you will meet as you travel the globe...one book
at a time. And don’t forget your
passport, where children can keep track of where they have “traveled” with the
passport stickers available in each book and with our unique passport available
for purchase only at Hartlynkids.com!
About Hartlyn Kids
Hartlyn Kids Media, LLC is an independent
children’s book publishing company dedicated to exposing children and their
parents to the diversity of cultures around the world. “The name Hartlyn comes
from the two locations that each of the creators is from—Hartford and Brooklyn—and
it also means full and joyous,” says co-founder Christine Mills.
Hartlyn Kids books are designed to give a
true and authentic snapshot of the day in the life of a child from various
regions around the globe. “The books are not only representations of the
culture of the region but also each one is written by local authors who have
immediate access to knowledge of the area. Each of the books is written with
the global child of ANY age in mind,” say co-founder, Aisha Greene.
In each book, readers will learn about the richness and diversity of world
cultures, while at the same time learning that we are not so different after
all. With each book, the readers will have an interactive and intriguing
experience of traveling the globe...one book at a time. Start
with THE BAMBOO DANCE and travel to the
Philippines today, and this fall, head to India with ADVENTURES THAT LEAD TO
About the Author and Illustrator
Cress Sia is the author of the Hartlyn Kids
first book in the series, which is the Philippines story, THE BAMBOO DANCE.
Cress grew up in the Philippines but spent a few years in the United States for
some high school and college education. She is a pharmacist by day and a
creative writer by night. She lives with her family in Cebu, Philippines.
Lisa Butler grew up in a small
town in Connecticut and studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of
Design. She works in mixed media, and often incorporates found objects and
materials into her illustrations. Lisa has traveled to France, The Netherlands,
Haiti, and Anguilla, and loves the chance to learn about other cultures. Her
work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los
Angeles. You can visit her website at www.lmbutler.com.
The Bamboo Dance
By Cress Sia and Illustrated
by Lisa Butler
Kids Media, LLC; September 2011; $12.99; Hardcover