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Local children's book author to speak at Vermont Book Shop this Sunday

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Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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AUTHOR DEIRDRE GILL will be at the Vermont Book Shop on Sunday, May 7.

MIDDLEBURY — Vermont author and illustrator Deirdre Gill will present the new book she illustrated, “Trains Don’t Sleep,” on Sunday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m., at Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury.

As part of Children’s Book Week, Gill will read the book, discuss how she made the illustrations, and then draw and show some of the sketches she did to make the book. The event is free and open to the public.

The book, written by Andria Rosenbaum, is targeted for children ages 4-8:

“Puffing, chuffing, never yawning/ Climbing hills as day is dawning. Trains don’t sleep, they CLANG and HOOT Cross bridges and canyons, plow through snow, charge down mountains, and meander across fields filled with sheep. And when it is time to rest and dreams are just ahead, never fear — trains don’t sleep so that you can.”

With the feel of a classic and vivid artwork that captures the power and majesty of trains, this is a fast-paced rhyming ode to the locomotive.

Deirdre Gill’s debut book, “Outside,” was inspired by her own experiences of playing outside as a child. The outdoors is still a source of wonder and excitement for her — the place she goes to “see the possibilities” as well as to ski, hike and bike with her family.

She lives in South Burlington with her husband, Jason Chin, also a children’s book author and artist, and their son. 

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