Book Lover’s Corner: Children’s Storybooks

(WTNH)– Writer Jason J. Marchi talks about his two award-winning children’s picture storybooks, “The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant,” and “The Growing Sweater.”

Marchi was first introduced to the Sleeping Giant mountain at the age of 6. At 16 while he was a summer school program volunteer at Yale Peabody Museum he first learned about the Quinnipiac Native American legend about why the Sleeping Giant mountain looks like a giant man sleeping on his back. Years later he wrote a first draft of the story. And two decades after that he completed the story and LOTS of research about how Native Americans lived before the Colonials arrive in the New World.

Today, numerous schools in CT teach the book in the 3rd and 4th grades, as part of the core curriculum, and a teacher wrote an 83 page fun/teaching guide to go with the book.

Marchiloves how the book gets kids EXCITED about Native American history, which librarians have said NO OTHER book has done that they have ever read for elementary age students.

The Growing Sweater is his newest book, and semi-true story about a sweater his mother knitted before he was born that kept growing in size every time she washed and dried it. Knitters LOVE the story! This was the first children’s story he ever wrote and it took 30 years to make it into a stand alone book.

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