Amalia Hoffman, an award winning author, illustrator and storyteller, will engage children this summer as she gives an entertaining presentation about her new book, Astro Pea, at the Larchmont and Mamaroneck Libraries. The Larchmont resident tells her story with props, lights and a finger puppet named Pete. Written for ages 0-6, Hoffman’s book sends fresh vegetables on a cosmic adventure. She brings colorful vegetables like eggplants, artichokes, cauliflower, and corn on the cob to life, sharing adventures with Pete the pea.
Healthy food can be fun, Hoffman believes. Enjoying gardening in her home vegetable garden proved the impetus for the children’s book. “The greatest reward of writing an illustrated picture book is that I am constantly connecting with young people,” she notes.
Hoffman’s imagination has turned a carrot into a spaceship, vegetables into planets and corn into a corn-troll shuttle, as Pete the pea is the star in this story of space exploration, published by Schiffer Publishing.
Hoffman grew up in Jerusalem, Israel and then moved to Westchester. A graduate of Pratt Institute and New York University, she has written and illustrated many books including Dreidel Day, All Colors, The Klezmer Bunch, Purim Goodies and Rose Bud, an oversized book with pop up elements for Israel’s children’s theatre, The Train.
A member of SCBWI and Children’s Books Illustrator Guild, she is also a teaching artist affiliated with ArtsWestchester. Her newest book, publishing August 1 by Capstone Editions, is called The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero, written for ages 9-12,
In July, Hoffman will make 3 presentations: On July 8 at 3:30 p.m, at The Larchmont Public Library, 121 Larchmont Avenue; On July 9 at 3:30 p.m., at The Warner Public Library, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown; and July 11 at 10:30 a.m at The Mamaroneck Public Library, 136 Prospect Avenue.