Sally Lee has been a guest several times on my radio show, Book Bites for Kids, and I love her books for children. Her latest book is called Circle and Square. This is a story about a circle and a square. The circle asks the square if he is different when he is brushing his teeth or playing ball. The circle realizes that no matter what the situation is, the square is always a square and will always be different than the circle. Tangentially, it is also a nice bed time story as the square is preparing for bed and they end up saying good night to each other at the end.
Many times in our life experiences, we come across people who are different from us. This always poses the question, “Are you different from me?” “Why are we different?” We come across this as children and as adults. But it is these very differences that make life interesting and help us to grow and embrace our own and other’s individuality.
When asked what inspired Lee to write this particular story, she said, “I am always fascinated by what makes us all different and all the same. It is a theme that I like to talk about often. Sometimes we make a friend and we struggle with our differences. And at times, these can be frustrating. Some things about us we can change and other things are our very essence and should never be changed. We also can come across people who are very unaccepting of others who are different from them. In the end, we are who we are. This does not mean condoning violence, cruelty, or any other negative behavior but we may come across someone in a wheelchair or someone who is deaf or someone who is dyslexic and these are situations that most likely cannot be altered. How do we deal with it? How do we accept it? It will hopefully be a good conversation starter and also just a fun book to read!
For more information or to request a free review copy, members of the press can contact the author at [email protected] or [email protected]. Also, the book can be downloaded for free on her web site, www.sallyleebooks.com.
About the Author
Sally O. Lee earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History (with Distinction) from Colby College and then went on to study graphic design and painting in Boston (Art Institute of Boston) and in New York City (New York Studio School). She has had several shows of her work and received an art grant from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology to conceive and create a series of paintings, and from this came her 2002 exhibition‐ A Journey Into Abstraction. Some of Ms. Lee’s paintings are in various private collections in the US.
In recent years, Ms. Lee has begun to write and illustrate children’s books. Some of them deal with the struggles of living with some form of handicap…or, as the author prefers to call it, imperfection. Many of her illustrations have been published and she has earned both academic and public recognition for her important work in children’s books. She has had illustrations published in Worldlink Magazine, IEEE Magazine, and several other publications.
Sally has won several awards including the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award (3 times), the Reviewer’s Choice Award (twice), and 2012, 2009 Family Choice Award. Sally lives and works in Massachusetts.
Sally Lee writes “I think of myself as a macabre children’s book writer and illustrator. I am not really about cookies and cream and everything nice. Some kids have to deal with bullies, cruelty, violence, neglect, poverty, and hatred. Other kids may experience love, tenderness, trust, affection, affluence, health, and support. (And then there are kids with disibilities which adds another layer of complication). Growing up can be challenging and difficult, and it can also be filled with joy and wonder. I like to write and illustrate books that can speak to all kids. I don’t appreciate kid’s books that treat kids like they are idiots (two‐dimensional) or that they don’t know anything. Most kids can see right through that anyway.
“I think my books are the ones that parents and kids alike quietly smile at with their flashlights under the blanket thinking about the mischief and wonder of the characters. I don’t think life unfolds in any cookie cutter type fashion, so I don’t think kid’s books should either. Also, my children’s books are an extension of my work as a painter. Writing is a new addition for me, and I am enjoying it very much. And creating the illustrations is a perfect way to continue my painting in a new direction and a nice way to complement my writing. I hope to write and illustrate many more. I am surprised that my creativity took off in this direction. It is totally unexpected.”
For more information about her books, visit her web site at www.sallyleebooks.com. All the books can be downloaded for free (except for the covers) from her website (click on the “books” link).