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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Frances Altman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction & Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: September 5, 1937 in Los Angeles, California

-- Frances Altman on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Altman lived in the Chicago area for 25 years. During her time in Chicago, she earned a Master’s degree from Roosevelt University Chicago and worked as a Special Features Editor at ''Day Publications'' in Chicago; Promotions Director at ''Paddock Publications'' in Arlington Heights, Illinois; Managing Editor at ''Suburban Week'' in Chicago; Editor for ''Countryside Living'' in Barrington, Illinois; and Public Relations at ''National Hot Dog and Sausage Council'' in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Frances Altman has created a forty year career in communications by blending public relations, marketing and freelance writing. Now retired she worked for ''The Chicago Sun Times'', National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, McDonald’s, Honeywell and Virginia Commonwealth University where she also taught. She has written several hundred newspaper and magazine articles on food, community business and children’s stories for Child Life, Friends, Highlights, Weekly Reader and six books for young readers including ''Something Egg'' and ''Reggie the Goat''. Her writing has received numerous merit awards from National Federation of Press Women, IABC, Chicago Publicity Club, PRSA, Virginia and Illinois Press Associations and a TWIN Leadership Award from National YWCA. Her books, [ ''Reggie the Goat''] and [ ''Spirit Dog''] have both been released as Nook eBooks. Altman currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Titles At Your Library

Reggie the Goat

T. S. Dension & Company. 1967

George Gershwin, Master Composer (Men of Achievement Series)

T. S. Denison. 1968


The Something Egg.
ISBN: 0513004734

T S Denison & Co. 1969

Dwight D. Eisehower: Crusader for Peace (Men of Achievement Series)
ISBN: B0006CU14M

T. S. Denison. 1970

General Douglas MacArthur, military genius (Men of achievement series)
ISBN: 0513011099

Denison. 1973

A biography of a famous general from his boyhood in the New Mexico Territory, through his controversial military career, to his later years when many honors were conferred upon him.

Spirit Dog
ISBN: 1500200204

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

“Spirit Dog” was the name the Indians called Adolphus a dachshund that traveled the Texas Road to Oklahoma Territory with Jeffery Martin and his family Adventure begins at Fort Gibson when they explore a riverboat where they discover a captive Cherokee Indian boy named Hawk. The threesome head for freedom only to be captured by fierce Osage Indians. Unlike the Indians’ wolf dogs, Adolphus is a strange new breed with a long, low body, short legs and drooping ears that fascinates the Indians. He must be a spirit! At the Osage village they are befriended by an Indian Princess called the Ancient One. An opportunity to escape comes at the annual salt boiling but now the boys hesitate leaving an ailing Ancient One behind. As their plans to escape begin to evaporate she helps them find a solution and a way back home. Their adventure brings the boys and dog closer together with their competitive spirits growing into admiration, and a new respect for living in America’s expanding West. Set against a background of history and folklore. Grades 3-5.

Mister Umbrella Man
ISBN: 0692400222

Frances Altman. 2015

"Mister Umbrella Man and stories about inventions." An umbrella! Peanut butter! A vacuum cleaner! Who invented these familiar items? This book combines a collection of thirteen stories about inventions we all know. Some were invented by one inventor, others were the collaboration of several inventors and companies. "Chef Potato Chip" and "Doctor Peanut Butter" tell us who invented these delicious foods. "Balloons, Balloons" and "When Watches Were Eggs" are narrated stories about tools we still use told as if we were standing beside the inventors. Unfortunately, the inventor's name has probably been forgotten. Grades 3-4



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