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Award-winning poet and author Kate Hovey combines a lifelong love of
Greek mythology with her skills as an artist and mask maker to bring
the gods, goddesses and heroes of ancient Greece to life in the
classroom. She is the author of Arachne Speaks, Ancient Voices and
Voices of the Trojan War, published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an
imprint of Simon and Schuster. Arachne Speaks received a starred review
in Publishers Weekly and earned the author a 2002 Marion Vannett
Ridgway Honor Book Award for her "distinguished debut in children's
literature." Her third book, Voices of the Trojan War, was named a 2005
Notable Children's Book by the National Council of Teachers of English
(NCTE). Her poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies
for both adults and children, including Lee Bennett Hopkins' Sports!
Sports! Sports! and the teaching guide Phonics Through Poetry.
Praise for Arachne Speaks:
"Together, art and text successfully challenge the boundaries of myth, stimulating readers to explore anew its proven terrain." Publisher's Weekly, starred review
is THE version you'll want to use to introduce kids to this tale of the
vanity of the gods vs. the talent of mere mortals." www.childrenslit.com
Praise for Voices of the Trojan War:
"The classic tale of the Trojan War - about gods and men and fate - is here in full splendor . . . With this and her previous Arachne Speaks (2001) and Ancient Voices (2004), Hovey offers a fresh and elegant take on the old stories for young readers." Kirkus
Praise for Ancient Voices:
Hovey's verse is an excellent storytelling medium - clear, pictorial,
full of action ... the poems use a great variety of perspectives and let us
in on the very human feelings of the immortals." Richard Wilbur, Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate of the United States, 1987
What Educators are Saying:
"Wow! Everyone loved your performance! I had a number of people come up later and say it was the best author visit we've had." Wendy Osborn, President, Los Angeles School Library Association
"We wish to express our
appreciation for your amazing presentations ... Your ability to connect
Greek mythology, poetry and the art of the mask enabled students to
better understand these ancient gods and heroes. Students and teachers
were especially interested in your stunning masks!" Kathleen Sheppard, Library Media Teacher Alice C. Stelle Middle School
thank you for your wonderful and awe-inspiring assembly and workshop
presentations - the students were amazed with your larger-than-life
masks! Those who participated in the workshops were given an
opportunity to think outside the box...I know this kind of enrichment
for our students will help them realize that ancient mythology is alive
and well!" Joy Chung, Library Media Teacher Sepulveda Middle School
"The library staff and students at Selma High School would like to thank you for your very entertaining visit. Your presentations were just amazing. Many of our teachers were telling us about the great responses from their students ... and many commented on how they loved the way you made them think of the many masks that each of us wear everyday..."
"My circulation of Greek myths has gone up one hundred per cent since your visit!" Patty Kenzie, Librarian
Assembly programs (grades K-12) introduce Greek mythology through storytelling
Poetry and dramatic, masked performance.
Poetry workshops (Grades 6-12) focus on poetic voice.
Mask-making workshops (Grades 6-12) explore ancient and modern techniques.