Visions: Dorina at the LA Times Festival of Books, 2009
Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore grew up in a Filipino-Italian family in the kitchen with her mama, aunties and grandmas. She loves to create healthy recipes and share stories in the kitchen with her friends and daughters. Dorina has a B.A. in English and Journalism and is completing an M.F.A. degree in Children’s Literature at Hollins University. She is also the author of two other children’s books, Children of the San Joaquin Valley and Stone Soup: A Hmong Girl’s Journey to the United States. Dorina is originally from Chicago and lives with her husband and two daughters in Fresno, California.
Kristi Valiant loves cooking, monkeys, penguins, and red walls, all of which are found in this book. Her husband loves hippos, so you may find hippos lurking here too. Kristi graduated magna cum laude from Columbus College of Art & Design with a major in Illustration. She has illustrated dozens of leveled readers, and her illustrations can be found in magazines and on Christmas cards. Kristi grew up in Wisconsin, studied in Ohio, moved to Texas, spent a summer in China, and now lives in Indiana. Visit her online at www.kristivaliant.com.
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