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Elisa Kleven and Susan Gal

present The Friendship Wish (Dutton, $17.99) and Into the Outdoors (Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99), respectively.

Sunday, October 16, 3:00pm

With the same whimsy and buoyancy that established her as a master of magical stories for children, Elisa Kleven tells, in her unique dreamlike style, the story of a shy dog named Joey. Joey is afraid to reach out and make friends, until a beautiful dream angel draws him out by showing that everyone has secret talents to share. Accompanied by shimmering, glorious artwork, it's a joyous, heartwarming story, told in a way that only Elisa Kleven can.

Collage artist Elisa Kleven (www.elisakleven.com) is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including Abuela and Sun Bread, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book.

In Susan Gal's delightful young-concept book, a family travels up a mountain, over a bridge, and under a canopy of trees to reach their campsite in the great outdoors.  A forest hike offers more opportunities to showcase words that describe spacial relationships and show young readers where they are in the world. Beside a lake! Next to a waterfall! On top of a mountain! Then after the sun slips behind the hills, they'll snuggle alongside each other and dream sweet dreams inside their tent among the trees.

Gal's pictures capture all the beauty of the natural world. And she's included a humorous cast of animal characters on a parallel journey of their own, so the art is full of funny things to spot.

This is a gem of a story for parents and teachers to share with their happy campers.

Susan Gal began her illustration career as a poster and calendar artist. Her lively and whimsical illustrations have appeared both in print and on the silver screen. Susan's books include Night Lights, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and Please Take Me for a Walk. 

As a child, Susan fell in love with the great outdoors, and she still enjoys backpacking and hiking to really high places with her husband and daughter. Learn more about her work at galgirlstudio.com.