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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joan Sweeney  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: Toledo, Ohio

-- Joan Sweeney on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Sweeney currently resides in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sweeney grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She used to spend Saturday mornings taking free art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art. Now she lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Once Upon A Lily Pad: Froggy Love in Monet's Garden
ISBN: 0811808688

Chronicle Books. 1995

The delightful tale of two frogs who reside in the pond at Monet's Giverny is sure to enchant even the youngest reader. Convinced that the old painter in the straw hat is painting their portraits, the frogs pose patiently season after season. The colorful pastel illustrations are accompanied by a three page gatefold that features a reproduction of one of Monet's renowned water lily paintings and a brief biography of the artist. Once Upon A Lily Pad is a fun read aloud and an enticing introduction to art.

Me on the Map
ISBN: 0517700964

Knopf Books for Young Readers. 1996

Illustrated in full color. In this playful introduction to maps and geography, step by simple step, a young girl shows readers herself on a map of her room, her room on the map of her house, her house on the map of her street--all the way to her country on a map of the world. Once the reader is familiar with the maps, she demonstrates how readers can find their own country, state, and town--all the way back to their room--on each colorful map. Easy-to-read text, bright artwork, and charming details give children a lot to search for and will have them eager to help navigate on the next family vacation.

Bijou, Bonbon & Beau
ISBN: 0811834867

Chronicle Books. 2002

Newborn kittens Bijou, Bonbon and Beau make themselves at home on a Paris stage to the delight of the dancers as well as the artist who quietly sketches them. This adorable picturebook will appeal to cat lovers, art enthusiasts and ballerinas big and small.

Me and My Place in Space
ISBN: 0517885905

Dragonfly Books. 1999

Where is the earth? Where is the sun? Where are the stars?

Now in a Dragonfly edition, here is an out-of-this world introduction to the universe for children. With earth as a starting point, a young astronaut leads readers on a tour past each planet and on to the stars, answering simple questions about our solar system. In clear language, drawings, and diagrams, space unfolds before a child's eyes. Colorful illustrations, filled with fun and detail, give children a lot to look for on every page and a glossary helps reinforce new words and concepts. A terrific teaching tool, Me and My Place in Space is an easy and enjoyable way to introduce the concept of space to the very youngest astronomers.

Me and My Amazing Body
ISBN: 0375806237

Dragonfly Books. 2000

Now in paperback! A super-simple introduction to the human body from the author and illustrator of Me on the Map.

What is under your skin? Why do you have bones? What do your muscles do? Where does the food that you eat go?

Me and My Amazing Body can show you! From your head to your toes and everything in between, this playful introduction to anatomy explains all the important parts of your body. Easy to read and easy to understand, Me and My Amazing Body helps children appreciate everything their amazing bodies can do.

Me Counting Time: From Seconds to Centuries
ISBN: 0440417511

Dragonfly Books. 2001

How long is a second? Can you count a minute? What is a decade? How many years are in a century?

Me Counting Time can show you! From a second to a minute to an hour to a day — and all the way to a millennium — this playful introduction to time helps children understand the many measurements of time and how they’re used in everyday life.

Easy to read and easy to understand, Me Counting Time makes learning a fun time for every child.

Me and My Family Tree
ISBN: 0517885972

Dragonfly Books. 2000

Following the successful model of Me on the Map, Sweeney demystifies an abstract concept by presenting it from a child's point of view. In Me and My Family Tree, a young girl uses simple language, her own childlike drawings, and diagrams to explain how the members of her family are related to each other and to her. Clear, colorful, detailed artwork and a fill-in family tree in the back help make the parts of the family--from
siblings to grandparents to cousins--
understandable to very young readers.

Suzette and the Puppy: A Story About Mary Cassatt (Young Readers)
ISBN: 0764152947

B.E.S. Publishing. 2000

Little Suzette and her nursemaid enjoy daily walks in the handsome park near their home. Often, they see a tall, elegant lady strolling in the park with her tiny puppy. Then, a comical incident transforms Suzette and the puppy into friends. The time and place of this gentle story is Paris in the 1870s, when many fine artists were creating the exciting approach to painting called Impressionism. As it happens, little Suzette's Uncle Edgar is one of those artists. He is the famous Edgar Degas. One day, Uncle Edgar sends an artist to paint Suzette's picture. Imagine Suzette's surprise, when the artist turns out to be the tall lady from the park! And imagine Suzette's delight when the little puppy comes with her! The result of this enchanting meeting lives on to this day in an art masterpiece. For the woman was the major American artist, Mary Cassatt. Her painting of Suzette and the little dog, known as The Little Girl in the Blue Armchair, now hangs in the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C. Among this book's many beautiful full-color illustrations is a reproduction of the story's painting.

Me and the Measure of Things
ISBN: 0440417562

Dragonfly Books. 2002

The energetic narrator of Me Counting Time and Me on the Map is back, this time introducing young readers to the units of measure. What’s the difference between a cup and an ounce? What gets measured in bushels and when do you use a scale? Easy-to-understand text and playful corresponding illustrations teach children the differences between wet and dry measurements, weight, size, and length. And all information is conveyed in a unique kid’s-eye perspective, using everyday objects and situations. Me and the Measure of Things makes measurement fun–and comprehensible!

Me and My Senses
ISBN: 0375811028

Crown Books for Young Readers. 2003

The lovable ‘Me’ from Me on the Map is back in her seventh book, this time introducing young readers to the five senses. What do you smell with? How can you see? What’s that you hear? Me and My Senses can show you!

Full of the same easy-to-understand text and bright corresponding illustrations readers have come to expect, Me and My Senses introduces children to the five senses and teaches the basics of how they work. Me and My Senses helps the whole world make a whole lot more sense!



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