Welcome to the GAP Family Blog, Barbara. Please tell us more Gatsby’s Grand Adventures.
About the book:
Gatsby is an art gallery cat who jumps into famous paintings at night. When he remembers to jump back out before sunrise, everything is fine. But sometimes, Gatsby forgets and that’s when strange things happen to Winslow Homer’s painting, “Snap the Whip”. Each book in the Gatsby’s Grand Adventures series will feature a different artist’s work and will provide a biography of the artist plus several websites about each artist.
What was the inspiration for this book?
I’m an animal lover and an art lover so wanted to combine the two in a fun book that would help children learn more about different artists and their paintings.
What is your favorite moment from the book?
I love it when Gatsby and the little mouse romp through the one-room schoolhouse. It not only brings back fond memories of attending a one-room schoolhouse, but also helps children learn a bit about a simpler way of life.
We’d love to hear more about you, Barbara.
My first book was published for teachers in 1979. The publisher in Pennsylvania not only published the teacher’s manual, but also student workbooks and playing cards to go with it, based on the 30 games I’d provided for learning opposites. My most recent publication (before Gatsby) was Cracker Cow, a Narrative of Florida History, which features Magnolia, a cracker cow whose ancestors came to Florida with Ponce De Leon and started the whole cattle industry in that state.
The Gatsby books are a dream come true after several years of having different versions dancing around inside my head.
I’m a Connecticut Yankee who always wanted to travel. Since college, I’ve lived and worked in Seattle, Washington; Labrador, Canada; Bamberg, Germany; and Canal Zone, Panama. I’ve always enjoyed writing and have had a diverse writing career… Wrote guidelines for starting the first special education n classes in the Atlantic Region for Department of Defense Dependent Schools,(DODDS) wrote stories for Ginn & Company 4th Grade Readers, wrote a monthly column for Pacific Skipper yachting magazine, which involved interviewing “yachties” who transited the Panama Canal, wrote newspaper and online columns (weekly and monthly respectively), wrote a 30-page proposal to open the first school library in the Canal Zone, edited the Federal Women’s Program newsletter, wrote articles and stories for a variety of magazines, wrote guidelines for a worldwide DODDS Host Nation Program, and wrote a winning essay in the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Writing Contest, comparing my experiences with a pet fawn to those in The Yearling.
No one ever told me I should stick to one genre or niche! Right now, in addition to more Gatsby books, I’m working on a middle grade novel set in Florida during the Civil War.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming “Gatsby’s Grand Adventures” events?
In addition to the Guardian Angel Publishing site, I have two websites of my own; www.crackercow.com and a new one I’m developing, www.barabaracairnsbooks.com.