Ready to Dream

By Donna Jo Napoli; Elena Furrow; Bronwyn Bancroft (Illustrator)
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781599900490, 32pp.)

Publication Date: January 6, 2009

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Description

With the power of creativity comes the ability to dream big . . .

Ally and her mother are visiting Australia for the summer, and she can’t wait to start drawing all the new animals that she’ll see. But when Ally meets Pauline, an Aboriginal woman who’s also an artist, she learns that art isn’t always created with just paper and paints, and that mistakes are actually happy accidents. Donna Jo Napoli and her daughter were inspired to write this story after spending many summers in Australia, and Aboriginal artist Bronwyn Bancroft’s dynamic illustrations bring to life this inspiring story about creativity and imagination.



About the Author
Donna Jo Napoli is the author of more than fifty books for children, including many picture books and novels for tweens and teens. Some of her most popular books are Zel, Beast, Ugly, Bound, and Stones in Water. Donna Jo lives in Pennsylvania with her family.



Bronwyn Bancroft is an artist and designer whose artworks have been collected and shown by galleries throughout Australia and around the world.

A descendant of the Bundjalung people, Bronwyn studied at the Canberra School of Art, eventually starting Designer Aboriginals, training Aboriginal women in arts and craft. She was one of the founders of Boomalli, the Aboriginal Artists' Cooperative, was a board member of the Council of the National Gallery of Australia, has been Chair of the Visual Arts and Crafts Committee for the NSW Ministry of the Arts, and is a well-known speaker on Aboriginal art and advocacy issues. Since 1993 Bronwyn has authored and illustrated many award-winning children's books, including "Possum and Wattle" and "Patterns of Australia".
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