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Sunbelievable is a humorous, educational/science children’s picture book about the Sun for ages 4-8. Does the Sun ride roller coasters? Teach fireflies to shine? Take bubble baths when eating pizza? To help her younger sister Leen fall asleep at bedtime, YaYa tells her about the Sun’s amazing exploits. Skeptical Leen challenges YaYa’s tales and invents her own hilarious twists and surprises. Together, they create not only a wildly funny story, but also discover the power of shared imagination. The illustration style, using digital photo collage, features real children whose dialogue unfolds in brilliant, magical landscapes.
An educational piece with facts about the real Sun is contributed by NASA’s Chief Technologist. Sunbelievable is uniquely geared toward young readers, helping them connect storytelling with science and nature. If the Sun can ride roller coasters, anything is possible!
Authors – Jo Ann Kairys and Daniel Kairys, MD
Jo Ann is the mother of 4 and grandmother to 5 (so far). She has enjoyed a long career in the health care field, most recently as a professional science writer whose articles appear in major medical journals. She and her husband, a pediatrician, taught extensively in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. The illustrations in Sunbelievable are influenced by their travels and the children’s stories and artwork unseen by western eyes for decades. Jo Ann lives and works in New Jersey. She published her first book, Princess Secrets, in 2008.
After a whirlwind childhood in Montana, Vermont, and New Hampshire, Daniel (Jo Ann’s son) is now a general surgeon in south central Florida. When not wrestling gallbladders and appendixes, he spends time inspiring, teaching and loving his wife and four children. He is deeply committed to improving health care for underserved communities, and was one of the first surgeons to arrive in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Sunbelievable is illustrated by Jo Ann Kairys and Frank Thompson. The vividly stylized images use digital photo collage techniques, combining photographs and original digital artwork.
Jo Ann’s original photographs of children and landscapes from around the world set the stage for imaginative storytelling. Frank is a talented artist and teacher in New Jersey public schools. With Adobe Photoshop, he creates uniquely enhanced, radiant scenes that glow with energy.
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About Jo Ann Kairys:
Jo Ann Kairys is a professional science writer with numerous publications in peer reviewed medical journals. She is the youngest of three sisters who grew up in Philadelphia, making up and acting out fairy tales. She has always loved children’s literature and recently began writing stories for her grandchildren.
From extensive travels and teaching in maternal and child health centers in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, she draws upon the imagination and dreams of children around the globe.
Jo Ann writes from her home in New Jersey. Her original photographs from New England to Siberia set the stage for Princess Secrets. She continues to write for the medical profession, focusing on research to improve healthcare for underserved children.
Jo Ann is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
She has been contributing author for holmdel.patch.com. To read Jo Ann’s column, please click here. For her work, Jo Ann was recently featured in Living Media magazine.
Jo Ann’s books:
© 2011 Jo Ann Kairys. All rights reserved.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2010918097 ISBN: 9780982699829. Publisher storyquestpublishing.com
Published in September 2011, hardcover, 32 pages, in English language. Printed in the United States of America with lead-free ink.
Illustrated by Jo Ann Kairys and Frank Thompson.
© 2011 Jo Ann Kairys. All rights reserved.
Published in May 2011 on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sunbelievable/id442050743?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Princess Secrets, http://princesssecretsjada.com/
Published in October 2008, Paperback, in English language, 50 pages.
Copyright © 2008 Jo Ann Kairys. All rights reserved.
ISBN: 1-4392-0469-1 Library of Congress Control Number: 2008906946
Illustrated by DeDe Smith and Jo Ann Kairys.