“Our House Is Round is the perfect children's introduction to environmental issues. The smartly narrated text and beautiful illustrations illuminate the ‘whys’ behind earth conservation in an engaging manner that both teaches and inspires. A must for every school and family library.”
Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund.
GRAMMY NOMINEE WRITES CHILDREN’S BOOK TO TEACH THE “WHYS” BEHIND EARTH CONSERVATION
A LITERARY SONG FOR THE EARTH
By Donald Rosenberg
The Plain Dealer, April 25, 2010, 12:00AM
The title of harpist Yolanda Kondonassis’ recent Grammy-nominated Telarc recording, “Air,” hints at the heavenly realm that this most gossamer of instruments often inhabits.
But don’t assume that Kondonassis’ head floats eternally in the clouds. She also has feet and conscience planted firmly on terra firma.
The internationally admired harpist, who lives in Beachwood, not only donates royalties from “Air” to the Environmental Defense Fund, she is founder and director of Earth at Heart, a nonprofit organization that teaches Earth literacy through the arts. And she is the author of a children’s book about the environment that was released Thursday (Earth Day).
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Yolanda Kondonassis, internationally acclaimed harpist, fills gap in children’s literature with “Our House Is Round”.
CLEVELAND, OH – April 22, 2010, Yolanda Kondonassis, the most recorded harpist in the world (www.YolandaHarp.com), launches another earth-friendly project, her first children’s book titled Our House Is Round: A Kid’s Book About Why Protecting the Earth Matters (www.OurHouseIsRoundOnline.com). Forty-eight fine-art style, hand-painted color illustrations and “kid-friendly” narrative beautifully tell the story. “Writing this book was a ‘must do’. I searched for books to read my seven-year-old daughter explaining the “whys” behind recycling and conserving resources, but I just couldn’t find a simply presented, visually engaging one that helps kids in the K-3 age group understand why they should do all the things we’re teaching them to do for the environment.” explains Kondonassis. San Francisco-based artist Daphne Knox created the book’s colorful illustrations.
CONCENTRATES ON EARTH BEFORE HEAVEN
A Conversation with Yolanda Kondonassis
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