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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Laura Nyman Montenegro  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1953 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Montenegro was born in Chicago and currently resides in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Laura is an art educator, with a BA in Fine Arts and Anthropology and an MA and certification in Art Education. She is a puppeteer and movement artist, co-founder and ensemble member of Theatre Zarko in Evanston, Illinois. She teaches classes for adults in the art of making picture books.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

One Stuck Drawer
ISBN: 039557319X

Houghton Mifflin. 1991

Visiting a furniture store, a young girl falls in love with an old dresser, but can't pay for it until the dresser's stuck drawer provides a solution

Sweet Tooth
ISBN: 0395680786

Houghton Mifflin. 1995

The crowds always go wild when Sweeth Tooth the lion comes on at the circus. Playful and mischievous, Sweet Tooth is constantly getting into trouble. One day he tramples Mrs. Onion's petunias and the next he steals the ballerina's birthday cake. But finally his innocent antics go too far, and Sweet Tooth is sent away. Stylized oil paintings and unusual perspectives characterize the vibrant illustrations in this poignant tale of love and loyalty.

A Bird About to Sing
ISBN: 0618188657

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2003

For Natalie, writing poetry is fun. But reciting poetry out loud, IN FRONT OF OTHER PEOPLE, is not. So when Natalie’s poetry teacher takes her to a reading, Natalie is nervous. Shy. And ready to fly away. How will she muster the courage it takes to share her verse in front of an audience? Here is one young writer’s story that sets free a bird about to sing.

A Poet's Bird Garden
ISBN: 0374360383

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 2007

Natalie's pet bird, Chirpie, escapes from her cage and flies outside. There's only one thing to do: call the poets! Priyanka, Vincent, Lily, Pendleton, and Marion arrive, and come up with a plan to lure Chirpie down from the tree where she's perched. They'll make a poet's bird garden, full of everything birds like most. Once the wonderful garden is complete, Natalie and the poets can't imagine why Chirpie won't come down to enjoy it - until Claude, the cat, reveals himself. Bad cat!

In lilting verse, Laura Nyman Montenegro tells a delightful story about thinking creatively and working together. Her warm, expressive illustrations bring the poet's bird garden - "too lovely for words" - to life.



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