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Reviewer Andrea Coventry: Andrea is a Montessori child - turned educator.  An avid reader and writer, she is published on several websites. Click Here to find a listing of Andrea's sites where you can find many of her writing contributions.



 
By Andrea Coventry
Published on October 26, 2009
 








Andrea Coventry, One of Bookpleasures' Reviewers Interviews Tom and Tess Hannah authors of The Endless String, a collection of poetry for

Author: Tom & Tess Hannah
ISBN: 978-1-4327-1610-3
Publisher: Outskirts Press

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Today, Andrea Coventry, one of Bookpleasures' reviewers interviews Tom and Tess Hannah authors of The Endless String, a collection of poetry for children.

Andrea:

On how many collaborations have you worked?

Tom & Tess

The Endless String is our first writing collaboration so far, but we would be open to working together again on another book.

Andrea:

How do you feel when compared to Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein? Do you agree?

Tom & Tess

We are certainly flattered when compared to Mr. Prelutsky and Mr. Silverstein! These men are giants in the realm of children's literature.

Andrea:

What is your inspiration for your poetry?

Tom & Tess

When writing our poems, we were inspired by life. Raising four children provided much of the fodder for creativity. Recalling our own childhoods also enriched our writing.

Andrea:

What is your inspiration for your artwork?

Tom & Tess

The inspiration for the illustrations came from several places. I wanted to give voice to the message of the poems without stealing all of the attention. I thought Shel Silverstein's black line drawings were effective, but I chose a style that was simpler and more playful to fit our rhymes.

Andrea:

Does the family groan every time you make one of your puns? What is one of your worst jokes?

Tom & Tess

Our children groan loudly when Tom invents a new pun or joke, but they laugh just as loudly. His "most frequently visited" pun was born on a drive home on the expressway. He saw a car on fire, and his "outside the box" brain interpreted that to be "spontaneous car-bustion". (groan)

Andrea:

"An Ode to Mom" is very sweet and choked me up when I read it. Do you also enjoy the more serious poems?

Tom & Tess

We included some rhymes that are more serious and thought-provoking because not every moment in life is a laughing moment. Sometimes that's the kind of poem that is needed.

Andrea:

What is your favorite poem in this book?

Tess: My favorite poems are "Under Where?" and "I'm Stuck on You", because they both live somewhere between fantasy and reality, which makes them plain old fun.

Tom: I especially like "What's in Your Closet?" because that was my closet when I was a child.

Andrea:

Do you have any past works?

Tom & Tess

We have no other published works (if you don't count high school publications), but we've both been writing for many years.

Andrea:

What projects do you have in the works?

Tom & Tess

A second book of poems is brewing.

Andrea:

What is your intent with publishing this collection?

Tom & Tess

Our purpose in publishing this collection of poems was to encourage a love of poetry and reading.

Andrea:

How can families benefit from sharing this book?

Tom & Tess

We were hoping parents would see it as an enjoyable way to spend read-aloud time with their children.

Andrea:

What advice do you have for aspiring poets and artists?

The advice we would share with aspiring poets and artists: Read a lot! Write a lot! Draw a lot!

Andrea:

Have you ever worked on, or have plans for, separate projects?

Tom: I'm currently writing some short stories that are reminiscent of the "Twilight Zone" series, which was my favorite TV show when I was growing up.

Tess: I've recently completed a poem that I would like to see published as an illustrated children's book.

Andrea:

Where can readers find out more about you?

Readers can find out more about us at our website: tomandtesshannah.com, where they can read our biography. There's also an author's profile on Amazon.com, where our reviews are located.

Andrea:

How would you like fans to contact you?

Tom & Tess

We can be contacted at tomhanah@yahoo.com. We like to hear from readers and poetry lovers!


The following is a poem that was written at the same time as The Endless String, yet was not published with the book.


NOBODY LIKES TO HANG AROUND

Oscar was an orangutan(g)
who never really like to hang,
He needed something else to do;
it seemed so boring at the zoo.

He didn't like to stand around,
since both his hands would scrape the ground.
He thought he'd try to ride the bus,
but everyone just raised a fuss.

He said, "Okay, I'll swing from trees."
But sadly that just trashed his knees.
Next he tried to ride a bike,
but falling off he didn't like.

He must have tried one hundred things,
most had wheels and two had springs.
Nothing really seemed to work,
he always felt he was a jerk.

The zoo now seemed to look much better;
he sat right down and wrote this letter:

"Dear Zoo,
If you still have my place to hang,
I won't complain.
Signed,
Oscar Tang

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