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Illinois Center for the Book


Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  France Mitchell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1969 in Montreal Canada


-- Website -- http://www.whereisthesearstower.com
-- France Mitchell on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=france+mitchell


Illinois Connection

France lives in a suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tad and France Mitchell have lived in the suburbs of Chicago for more than a decade. Tad was born in Evanston, Illinois, and France in Montréal, Canada. They met as teenagers when their families participated as cast in an outdoor play in upstate New York. Tad works in software. France is a homemaker. They have four children and one grandchild. This is their first book, Tad is the author and France is the illustrater.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Where Is the Sears Tower? (Collector's Edition - Signed & Numbered)
ISBN: 061547828X

Tad Mitchell. 2011

"Where Is the Sears Tower?" tells the story of Peter, a pigeon who travels to Chicago to visit his grandfather who lives at the Willis Tower (formerly named the Sears Tower). Along the way, Peter passes various city landmarks, meets animals (each with a distinct personality), and discovers his inner compass. This read-to-me book is intended for children and adults. The amazingly detailed artwork captures Chicago s true essence as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Each painting (except the first) contains a part of the Willis Tower.

This is the first printing of the book. There were only 2000 hardcover copies printed. Each is numbered and signed by the author and illustrator.


Availability for Public Speaking

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Please contact France for appearances or presentations at: [mailto:francemitchell@yahoo.com francemitchell@yahoo.com]

Information prior to appearances:

A week prior to the presentation The thirteen 20x20 paintings are displayed in the school for everyone to enjoy and vote for their favorite painting. They can also look for the Willis (Sears) Tower in every painting. The winning painting is the page the author reads at the presentation. The students have the option to participate in a drawing by completing a crossword puzzle.

PowerPoint Presentation Steps to publishing a book which includes two short video. Video one shows the commercial printer printing our book and the second video shows the 13+ steps it took to make our book into a hard cover. The author and illustrator talk about the process of writing and illustrating the book and all the other careers that are involved in publishing a book. A bookmark is given to all students. A drawing for a museum quality print is drawn at the presentation.

Session: 40-60 mins depending on time allotted by the host. We can do two sessions back to back if needed.