FANTASY ANIMALS BY JANIS KIRSTEIN
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In a world of conflict and division,this is the story of two very unlikely animals who are born literally joined at the hip. Their life journey and close proximity forces these two creatures to learn to get along, or they will not survive the Amazon jungles of their village home. This unlikely pair are born together in the tradition of the Mexican Alebrijes, which are brightly colored Oaxacan-Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures originating from the paper mache- and/or-wood carved adaptions which were pioneered by Arrazola, a Mexican craftsman in the 1930’s. Miraculously enough, this is the story of an Alebrije that actually comes to life as an African Lion and a South American Anteater.
These two animals have no choice but to learn the lessons of cooperation and understanding which results in appreciation and shared love. Through their newly gained empathy and understanding, they begin to resolve their frustrating differences through a multitude of hilarious adventures. This children’s story provides a humorous example of two characters forced to live together as one and how they grow from a place of constant irritation with one another to a new place of understanding and flexibility.
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Janis Kirstein is a Visual Artist as well as a writer born in Louisville, Kentucky. Her visual art includes primarily painting and drawing, as well as some photography, and her writing includes poetry, short stories and children’s stories with her own illustrations.
Most recently, she was included in the International Photography Exhibition “Shine a Light.” This was sponsored by the Muhammed Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky and is an exhibition to showcase opportunities for girls in world wide education. This exhibit is currently taking place in 2016. The Spring of 2007, she was included in the first International Nano Art Exhibit in Finland. This was an exhibit of artists working with electron microscope images as a basis for creative exploration. Her work is now included in the first NASA space capsule of important art, music and writing being sent to the Moon.
She has also exhibited her art work in Japan, South Korea, Spain, Peru and Austria, as
well as in many places all over the United States.
She has taught Visual art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Indiana
University , University of Louisville and Kentucky State and now currently teaches at
Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Kentucky.
“Fantasy Animals” is her first published book.
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