“Where is Sam?”

written by Sandra Stillman Gartner and illustrated by Marguerite Jill Dye                                                      

Where is Sam? Where is Sandy? Where is Silas? “Where is…?” is a common refrain in the timeless game of hide and seek. Two Baby Boomer Grandmothers collaborated on creating a brand-new children’s book, “Where is Sam?” that follows a boy to his “Gamma’s” house where the two play their favorite game all day. Sam finds new discoveries around every bend, excitement and fun as he makes new friends. You’re sure to enjoy his escapades and delight in the surprise at the end. The endearing story and 3-D art mesmerize the young and young at heart.

Sandra Stillman Gartner, journalist, actress, producer, and filmmaker, was inspired to write the engaging story while playing with her grandson, Sam. “Whenever he covered his eyes with his hands, he believed that I couldn’t see him. After we played from morning till dark, we collapsed in a heap, sprawled out on the floor.”

Marguerite Jill Dye, Sandy’s artist/writer friend illustrated “Where is Sam?” “The moment I read the lively tale, paper cuts à la Matisse came to mind! With a colorful palette and sharply edged shapes my vivid paint samples took on new life. As I cut up one thousand whimsical forms a magical paper cut world emerged!”

The creative collaboration is a winning combination: an engaging story and an enchanting work of art. In the book’s final pages children are encouraged to create their own art. “You can make up a story about your own life, a person or animal that you like.  Paste pictures with colorful paper shapes, you tear or cut out to illustrate the story that you choose to create.”

When life seems unsettling, it’s comforting to find a book that reminds us of magic and joy. How better to connect with delight and love than through a little boy and his grandmother’s games and hugs?

Soon upcoming contests, adventures, and activities for kids of all ages will be announced on Sam’s Facebook page. Become Sam’s friend with a “like” to:

* name Sam’s Purple Dinosaur

* guess where Sam is as he appears in unusual places in photos posted on Facebook

* enter your paper cut and torn paper creations inspired by “Where is Sam?”

For autographed copies ($15.00 payable by check or credit card) and information on book signings, readings, workshops, mini performances, and school visits please contact:

Marguerite Jill Dye Jilldyestudio@aol.com Cell: 941 587-5279 or Sandra Stillman Gartner flukeskid@aol.com

“Where is Sam?”         ShiresPress      ISBN: 978-1-60571-312-0