janet wyman Coleman
 

MY FIRST BOOK SIGNING AT THE DAVOLL STORE,

SOUTH DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS

Fast Eddie, is the story of a raccoon who takes on a suburban family. The wild animal’s best friend is the family’s cat. The idea came to me after I spotted my cat, Ding-A-Ling sitting next to a large raccoon in the middle of the day. The cat’s eyes were closed and he looked relaxed. I wondered about their relationship.

His name was Ding-A-Ling, but he became Puff in  Fast Eddie.

Famous Bears and Friends, was inspired by a true story. In 1993, 30,000 teddy bears in identical sweaters washed up on the beaches of Rhode Island. The headline in the local paper was “Teddy Bear Invasion!”  This is a photo of some of the bears lying on the sand. There are other stories in the book about teddy bear adventures in space and on board the Titanic. The most famous teddy bears of all (Pooh, Paddington and Corduroy) are there, too.  

The ideas for my third and fourth books came from editors at Harry N. Abrams. Baseball for Everyone  was inspired by an exhibit of baseball folk art at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Secrets, Lies, Gizmos and Spies is illustrated with the collection at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.

             This may be King Kelly, a popular player of the 1880s. The figure and base are six feet tall. They were carved by Samuel Anderson Robb.

During World War I, pigeons carried messages and took pictures behind enemy lines. The most famous pigeon of the day was Cher Ami (dear friend).





I produced videos, CD ROMS, brochures and other multimedia dba Janet Wyman Coleman Productions. Clients included the Museum of Science (Boston), Babson College, Northeastern University and Decision Resources, Inc.

Before I wrote children’s books, I was a photographer. This is one of my favorite images. I asked a little boy on a Maine playground to try to kick my camera.

       I  have two grown sons and a granddaughter.

I live with my husband in Wayland, Massachusetts.

Where do ideas come from?

COLLECTION OF THE DEUTSCHES MUSEUM,

MUNICH, GERMANY

COLLECTION OF THE AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM,

NEW YORK

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