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In Recovery

Eric, where have you been! I haven’t been here, that’s for sure. On October 14th, two weeks before my birthday, I went into the hospital to have my left knee replaced. It had been bothering me for years, causing a lot of pain and making walking difficult. I used to love to go hiking. In […]

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Off To France!

I see again that I haven’t kept up my resolution to post regularly. Lots of things are going on. We are preparing for a birding trip to the south of France to see birds in the Camargue region. This is an important wetland on the flyway between Europe and North Africa. We will be there […]

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Going International

Some interesting things have happened lately. I received a request for permission to reprint one of my favorite stories, The Magic Dreidels, in Russian. The book has been out-of-print for several years. I immediately wrote to the illustrator, my good friend Katya Krenina, to share the good news, although I suspected she had already heard. […]

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Back From The Coast

I just returned home from four days at the Oregon Coast. I spent the first three days at Warrenton Grade School, just southwest from Astoria. Kathi Merritt, the librarian, has been a good friend of mine for years. This is the fourth time she’s had me visit. An added plus is that I got to […]

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Back In The Game

My writing’s been getting me down for a while. I tried lots of different ideas. Nothing seemed to work. My agent, Jenn Laughran, was working hard. Nothing was working at her end either. Sitting down to write anything was becoming painful. I spend my time over the holidays doing other things. It’s easy to find […]

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Hershel Chair and Puppets

Sasha Lauterbach, the librarian at the Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, MA, sent me the most remarkable email. Back in 2000, her students decorated library chairs to go with their favorite books. You’re not only reading a story when you sit down in her libary; you’re sitting on one. Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins has […]

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Question From Overseas

I’m always glad to see people using the “Ask Eric” page of my website. I’ve gotten a lot of good questions about writing. I hope that my answers might be valuable to the person who asked the question and to others who might be reading it. Children aren’t the only ones who ask questions. They […]

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Genre Fiction

I was talking to my friend Elizabeth Winthrop last week. Elizabeth has written outstanding books in just about every genre there is. Children’s book lovers would know her best for The Castle In The Attic. We were talking about the apparent need today of publishers being able to fit a proposed book into some sort […]

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The Right Answer

I had an interesting experience two days ago when I visited Winterhaven School here in Portland. The kids were great. I especially enjoyed my program for the 4th and 5th graders. We were able to look at writing in much more depth. A number of children came up to me after the program. One girl—I […]

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Sweet!

Does it get better than this? JoAnn Berg, a preschool teacher, took the time to write to me about my book, The Three Little Tamales. Here’s what she wrote: I am a preschool teacher. I teach mostly children whose families are from Mexico. I found your book, The Three Little Tamales. My children loved the […]

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