Children’s Picture Book, "The Flower Ball," Wins Prestigious NAPPA Gold Award

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"The Flower Ball" (Pumpkin House, April 2006, ages 5–10) by Sigrid Laube, illustrated by Silke Leffler was named a Gold Award winner in the 2006 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Children's Products competition.

"The Flower Ball" (Pumpkin House, April 2006, ages 5–10) by Sigrid Laube, illustrated by Silke Leffler was named a Gold Award winner in the 2006 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Children's Products competition. Full results will be announced November 1, 2006 in more than 40 regional parenting magazines across the country and online at Parenthood.com. This distinction recognizes The Flower Ball as a standout among the best children’s picture books available for children today.

Now in its 16th year, NAPPA is a well-known name in industries focused on children's learning and entertainment. Time-starved parents and adults who want high-quality children's toys and products that provide "smart fun," good design and grow with children's developmental needs rely on the newly-released list of NAPPA winners for holiday and year-round gift-giving.

"NAPPA-winning products meet the most stringent criteria and are judged by nationally recognized industry experts, educators, reviewers and advocates in their fields," says NAPPA Manager Barbara Smith Decker. "NAPPA has set the industry standard of excellence for more than 16 years and the award is a much-sought honor by manufacturers, recording artists, publishers and product designers. When parents see the NAPPA Gold or Honors seal on winning products, they're assured a safe, fun and educational experience for their children."

"The Flower Ball" is delightful picture book that delivers an important message of acceptance to young readers.

When Cauliflower and Carrot decide to go to the Flower Ball, it causes quite a stir among the beautiful flowers attending the ball. Ignoring the judgment of the flowers, Cauliflower and Carrot begin to dance the night away, enjoying a Snap-Bean Rumba, a Cucumber Tango and a Chili-Pepper Cha-Cha-Cha.

Appalled by the non-fragrant vegetables attending their perfumed party, the flowers declare, “The idea of some perfectly strange vegetables showing up at our ball—they’re nothing but tedious soup-wallowers!” Once the flowers catch sight of Cauliflower and Carrot dancing beautiful steps, though, the flowers applaud. Soon after, the flowers let down their guard and enjoy a wonderful night dancing with the vegetables, and a vegetable-flower friendship blossoms.

"The Flower Ball" introduces young children to important themes such as acceptance and the differences that exist between everyone. While kids will be excited by the lively story and imaginative illustrations, they will also be exposed to mature ideas.

Sigrid Laube is the author of many books for children and young adults, including Friends Stick Together; Wake Up, Spring is Coming! and When Santa Claus Was Astonished. She received the Austrian Children’s Book Prize in 1997 and 2004.

Silke Leffler is the illustrator of many children’s books, including "Andersen’s Fairy Tales," "The Fables Books—From Aesop Until Today," "Friends Stick Together," "Schnipp, Schnaap, Schnorum," "Simply Wonderful Christmas" and "Wake Up, Spring is Coming!"

Also available from Pumpkin House:

"The Love for Three Oranges" by Sergei Prokofiev and illustrated by Elzbieta Gaudasinska (ISBN 0964601036)

"Silly Horse" by Vadim Levin and illustrated by Evgeny Antonenkov (ISBN 096460101X)

"A Little Story About a Big Turnip" retold by Tatiana Zunshine and illustrated by Evgeny Antonenkov (ISBN 0964601001)

Book Details:

Title: "The Flower Ball"

Author: Sigrid Laube Illustrator: Silke Leffler

Publisher: Pumpkin House, Ltd., Distributed by IPG

Publication: April 2006, $15.95 (CAN $21.95), Cloth, ISBN: 0964601028

Picture Books, 30 pages, 9¾ x 10¾, 30 color illustrations, four-color interior

Available at bookstores everywhere, through IPG and Pumpkin House, Ltd. Visit us online at http://www.pumpkinhouse.com.

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