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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kate Noble  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: N/A

-- Kate Noble on WorldCat --

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Volunteer at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago

Biographical and Professional Information

Kate Noble wrote her first children's book after returning from safari in Africa where she photographed animals in the wild. A former teacher with advanced degrees, she is also a volunteer at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. She loves writing for and reading to children.

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Titles At Your Library

Oh Look, It's a Nosserus (Africa Stories)
ISBN: 0963179829

Silver Seahorse Pr. 1993

When Robbi, a young rhino, hears a tourist say she sees a "nosserus" coming, he asks his friends what the creature could be, and their answers become more frightening with each retelling

Dragon of Navy Pier
ISBN: 0963179853

Silver Seahorse Pr. 1999

Charlie is a young dragon on a carousel at a Chicago amusement pier. When he discovers one night that he's loose and free to move around, he sets out to explore the pier and to look for fireworks.

He longs to be able to make his own fireworks, and he knows dragons are supposed to be scary. He works at it, and he does learn to make fireworks. He also discovers that trying to be scary isn't nearly as much fun as just being himself. Charlie's adventure is sure to delight children and their parents too. There's also a lesson in the groundlessness of many childhood fears.

A former teacher, Kate Noble says, "Children are exposed to so much mindless violence these days that it's important to give them some gentle and satisfying story experiences."

Vivid water-color crayon paintings bring the dragon and the pier to life. Artist Rachel Bass is also an art therapist who works with children.

Kate Noble is the author of THE BLUE ELEPHANT (Zoo Stories), the story of Sassi at the zoo, BUBBLE GUM (Africa Stories), a young baboon's hilarious day in a game park, and OH LOOK, IT'S A NOSSERUS (Africa Stories), a rhino's effort to save his friends from danger.

Blue Elephant (Zoo Stories)
ISBN: 0963179837

Silver Seahorse Pr. 1999

Sassi, a young African elephant who lives in the zoo, longs for some water to play in and mud to roll around in, and after awhile she gets her wish

Bubble Gum Africa Stories Series
ISBN: 0963179802

Silver Seahorse Press. 1992

Kimbi is a young baboon who loves sweets and envies lions because they get so much attention from tourists. When he finds some bubble gum in a visitor's tent, he has an amazing adventure. He tries to eat the gum, but it won't chew up. Instead he creates a bubble like a giant balloon that lifts him high into the air . The book is designed to delight children, but there's a learning plus: the details of animal behavior are correct. Kimbi's lesson in self-esteem is also lots of fun. A teacher writes, "My kids will love it."



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