The Teddy Bear Expert!
|Our Think Quest Team thought it would be cool to meet the teddy bear expert ourselves. So we interviewed her. Can you guess who she is and what she does? Well its Kathleen Bart, the author of A Tale of Two Teddies. We asked a lot of interesting questions and got a lot of interesting answers. Now we will give you an idea of what her life is like and tell you about her new found fame of being a great author!!!
Mrs. Barts favorite wild bear is a grizzly bear. She had great interest in school and loved the subject English. Mrs. Bart has visited many places - even China. Before she was an author, she was a fashion designer for Ralph Lauren.
She started creating her book,The Tale of Two Teddies, in the Spring of 1998 and her book has sold over 1,600 copies. She said that she asked about ten publishers to publish her book before one said yes. The process took over a year. She has been drawing since she was four years old. Her first book was a multicultural cookbook that contained global gourmet recipies. Her first book wasnt published but that didnt stop her. Shed even like to take another approach and try this cookbook for kids again. She likes to write kids picture books but would someday like to write a chapter book. Mrs. Bart doesnt really have an interest in writing an adult book.
Her own ideas and wanting to draw inspired her to become an author. Mrs. Barts favorite author is Jan Brett and her favorite book is Corduroy. When she was young, she read a lot and she bought books from Scholastic book orders. She has two teddy bears at home - a Marathon Bear from her husband and a Smithsonian Bear. The Smithsonian Bear is a replica of the first teddy bear ever made. The original bear is in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
She got the idea of writing about the teddy bear because it was soon to be 100 years old. She was hesitant to make it fiction or non-fiction.
Author Kathleen Bart visited our school to help us celebrate 100th Anniversary of the Teddy Bear. We have learned so much from our friend, Kathleen Bart!
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