Comanche children learned to ride almost as soon as they could walk.

Today, every Seminole child knows which clan he or she belongs to. It might be Panther, Bear, Turtle or Bird Clan.

The Black Hills of South Dakota are sacred to the Sioux (Lakota) people.

Like most Indian children, Iroquois youngsters were never spanked if they were naughty. Instead, scary "Long Nose" would scold them.

A poem


I wrote this poem after taking a long, long walk on a very rainy day.

Puddles
Big, Bigger, Biggest


In the BIG mud Puddle
swims Froggy Green
who dives down deep
like a submarine.

In the BIGGER puddle
sits Fat White Duck
She waddles and she struts
through mud and muck.

But the last puddle
is the BIGGEST yet.
That's where I jump
and get all wet!!


My Books

Native American Series Now Available
Comanche Indians, Inuit Indians, Lakota Indians, Seminole Indians, Shawnee Indians, Iroquois Indians, and Navajo Indians are available in hardcover and paperback.

Each of these 32 page fully illustrated books covers the tribe's culture, history, games, clothing, traditional foods, houses, and religious beliefs. Childrens' role within each tribe is emphasized. Readers learn how each tribe is keeping their culture alive today.

A Native American expert from each tribe worked with the author to create a true and repectful series for young readers.

The Jade Stone, A Chinese Folktale
Newly re-published by Pelican Publishing Compnay, The Jade Stone will be available September 2005. Illustrated by Ju-Hong Chen, this prize winning book holds a message about being true to yourself.

Comanche Indians
Navajo Indians
Seminole Indians
Lakota Indians
Inuit Indians
Iroquois Indians
Shawnee Indians

Second, third and fourth graders will enjoy reading about these tribes in the past and present. The books are fully illustrated with paintings by Native American artisits and with period photographs. Clear and accessible books about these important cultures. Expert readers from each tribe have authenticated text and art.

32 pages, plus glossary, reading list and index. Heinemann Library, 2003

"Old Juana grew the biggest, roundest, and orangest pumpkins in the whole province of San Miguel...I will discover Old Juana's secret. This year my pumpkins will be the finest at the fiesta Foolish Fernando boasted to his pet bull, Toro."

Old Juana and Foolish Fernando with Dulcita, Old Juana's burro, and Toro the bull.

Pumpkin Fiesta
Award-winning artist Joe Cepeda's saucy, bright paintings are perfect for this funny, rhythmic tale spiced with Spanish!

Includes a recipe for pumpkin soup!

HarperCollins, 1998

The Jade Stone, A Chinese Folktale
Chan Lo is a humble stone carver who is given a perfect piece of green and white jade by the Great Emporer of All China. Is there a dragon in the stone, as the Emperor demands? What does Chan Lo hear the stone say? What does it want to be? And is he brave enough to defy the Emperor?

"A wonderful read aloud, with great sound effects...a tale of artisit integrity told with with artful simplicity that it'll be accessible to young children." Kirkus Reviews 1992

Holiday House, 1992

Named among best picture books of 1992 by the San Francisco Chronicle and Book Links. Starred reviews.

Onstage/Backstage
Photo-essay, fully illustrated

The Palo Alto Children's Theater is the oldest theater in the United States where kids do all the acting, crew work, costume building, set building, lights and every other aspect of play-making.

Onstage/Backstage, co-written with JoAnne Wetzel, is a fully-illustrated photo essay which follows 10-year-old Chessa Geisler in a production of Kipling's Just So Stories.

Carolrhoda Books, 1987

Lakota Indians
Iroquois Indians

What is the connection between the Lakota and the buffalo? How was the Declaration of Independence
influenced by the great Iroquois League?

Native American history and culture, both past and present, are brought to life in this elementary-grade series.

Heinemann Library,2003

Here is a scene from the musical play of THE JADE STONE.

Selected Works

New Works
All 7 titles of the Native American series are now available in hardcover and in paperback.
Picture Book
The Great Emperor of All China orders a the stone carver Chan Lo to carve a dragon of wind and fire, but is that what the stone wants to be?
Non-Fiction
How did the Comanche live long ago? What about today? Who were the Seminole and why are they called "the undefeated"?
Picture Books
Old Juana grows the biggest and best pumpkins! "What is her secret ?" wonders Foolish Fernando. Now the fun begins!
A "dragon of wind and fire" demands the great Emperor of All China. But is that what Chan Lo hears in the stone?
Theatre, Photo Essay
Ten year-old Chessa is in a play. Join her in rehearsal, set-building, makeup, performance. All aspects of theatre--on onstage and backstage!