of the hyacinth and lilac. Not is the assistant advisor for the
WELCOME TO ORLAND: only did she know every garden SCBWI-Illinois chapter (Society
VISITING AUTHORS AND center within a hundred mile
radius, she also knew the Latin
of Children's Book Writers and
THEIR BOOKS names of most plants, shrubs, Roemer provided a thumbnail
and trees. With a background description of SCBWI. f..
like that, how could I not write "We try to educate unpub-
a book about seeds?" lished children's writers on how
Nowadays, Roemer does not to become published. We also
^ t^ S ^ ^ f^ f - ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ plant a vegetable garden, but help our authors learn how to
Kassian use of multicultural "As a child, I spent much of she and her husband, Ric, do further their careers and pro-
children further enhances this my time working outside on enjoy beautifying their back- mote their books. We have over
delightful work. Each page our ten acre wooded property. yard. 900 members in Illinois."
features vivid, cheerful images As I weeded, cut grass, and "My enthusiasm for garden- Regular readers of this
MARYK.FLIRIS . that draw you into the picture raked leaves, I couldn't help
but notice that seeds were
ing has dampened slightly these column will also recognize
ORtAND PARK RESIDENT and make you feel part of die past few years due to ravaging Roemer as a bimonthly book
scene. everywhere—acorns, maple rabbits and watering restric- reviewer. In addition, Roemer
While some young children seeds, and my notrso-favorite, tions, so we don't do as much visits schools and libraries on a
\\ Then a young reader \\/ have probably planted a seed dandelion seeds," she said. as I'd like." regular basis. In April 2008, she
ma be entertained and YY and watched it grow, "Seeds" "Also, my parents planted an Rabbits and water restrictions made a dozen visits with more
educated simultane-'- ously, it is further explores this botanical abundant garden every year: aside, even if Roemer wanted to scheduled in May.
* win/win situation. Author Heidi science without the technical lettuce, chives, strawberries, do more gardening, she would "When doing school visits, I
B. Roemer's book, ''^hat Kinds jargon. Author Roemer defi- and other edibles that we later be hard-fetched to find the time. like to have students partici-
of Seeds Are Tlpler' does nitely knows how to have fun harvested," she continued. She has had four books and pate," she said. "They love to
jaetthat-. and does it with words. In addition, # the "Beyond that, my mom was an over 300 poems, stories, and volunteer! When reading the
exceptionally well. book's end, Roemer provides avid gardener who delighted in articles published in children's jump rope poem from my first
"Seeds" is a riddles-in-rhyme ideas for children to grow their pointing out the 'faces' on magazines, among other things. book, 'Come To My Party,' I
picture book that describes nine own fun with seeds. pansies, the delicate shape of She also teaches for the Insti- may ask a student to jump
different types of seeds in an Roemer has ample personal the bleeding heart, the newest tute of Children's Literature and
amusing way. Illustrator Olena knowledge of seeds. rose hybrid and the fragrance Please see FLIRIS, C5
rat ana aangle it by the tail.
Fliris After reading the text, I explain
how the rat nibbles a berry and
Sportsplex or me Tinley Park
Roller Rink for an hour or two,"
then scampers away and She also tries to visit the
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deposits the seeds elsewhere. I children's department at Orland
explain that I've delicately Park Public Library at least
ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE I May 15,20081 C3
rope." avoided using a certain word in once a week where she sparks
If discussing "What Kinds of the text. Can they guess what it her imagination by reading
Seeds Are These?" she has had is? I see a few smiles, and then poems and stories.
children toss maple 'helicopter' laughter, as the children 'get To keep informed on this busy
seeds in the ak A demonstration it'—we are talking about Orland Park author's upcoming
on how aniima|s cany fruit seeds poop!" books and events, visit her Web
in their bodies always elicits What does Roemer do if she site at www.heidibroemer.com.
giggles. finds a few moments of tree Mary K. Flirts is a freelance
"Students seem to enjoy the time? writer and editor from Orland
verse that describes how seeds "I eagerly grab my skates or Park. An avid reader, moviegoer,
move 'through jl critter's small my gym shoes and dash out the and runner, she can be reached
gut,' 1 bring a, ijfige, ugly, plastic door. I'll go to the Orland Park at Newzscoop®aolj!om.