Author, Artist and Poet Marilyn Benjamin Wassmann Showcases Her Captivating Picture Book, “WHAT THE WIND BLEW IN,” in Regional Book Exhibit

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Poetry and Painting Blends Profoundly in New Colorful Storybook

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C.S. Lewis, author of well-known children’s fiction series, The Chronicles of Narnia, once said, “A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” From author, artist and poet Marilyn Benjamin Wassmann, WHAT THE WIND BLEW IN is a masterful blend of poetry and painting with stories that captivate both children and adults alike. Wassmann showcases her newly published book in an upcoming book fair where audiences of all ages can truly enjoy it.

Wassmann’s book is a collection of six children’s stories inspired by walking in the woods and living with her husband and a variety of pets. It awakens the sense of wonder in nature. Readers can witness the pages come alive as they immerse themselves in a world full of surprises. They are invited to “Tiptoe Through The Toadstools,” hear the “Ballad of the Birdhouse,” listen to the “Tale of a Tigger,” ask “Why Cry Butterfly?” meet “Flube-A-Dube,” and find out about “Mice Works.”

Wassmann immediately lures readers with her poetic charms from the very first pages of her book:

Pretend that the WIND blew these by
Yet know in truth that it was I,
The author and artist capturing tales with lines
Creating couplets and shapes that celebrate rhyme.
Tis a joy to write in verse I’ve found
So please enjoy these words and sounds…

With its picturesque scenes, rhyming couplets, awe-inpiring paintings and illustrations, WHAT THE WIND BLEW IN is a delightful and morally uplifting book for people who enjoy literary and visual treats. Parents and children, educators and learners will surely have a wonderful time reading these six short stories with lively characters together. Wassmann has creatively crafted a great tool for family bonding time and for education.

This book will be featured at the New Jersey Library Association Book Exhibit in Long Branch, N.J. on April 30 – May 1, 2013.

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About the Author
Marilyn Benjamin Wassmann is an author and artist who currently resides in Hyattsville, Md. She worked in the District of Columbia for several libraries prior to working for 28 years as a cataloger of art materials at the Library of Congress. Wassmann earned four degrees: a B.A. in Art History from Drew University in Madison, N.J., an M.L.S. in Library Science from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., an M.A. in Art History from the George Washington University in the District of Columbia, and a B.A. in Studio Art from the University College, University of Maryland in College Park, Md. She is also a member of the Greenbelt Writer’s Group.

WHAT THE WIND BLEW IN * by Marilyn Benjamin Wassmann
6 Stories to Read with Children
Publication Date: January 25, 2012
Picture Book; $21.99; 36 pages; 978-1-4535-6303-8
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