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Cynthia Weil

Biography

Cynthia Weil

From Cynthia's website:
 
I am a writer of multicultural children's books. My work uses folk arts from around the world to illustrate basic concepts for children. My current series employs handicrafts commissioned from artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico to teach children colors, numbers, opposites and the alphabet in Spanish and English. See left and www.cincopuntos.com for lesson plans and power point presentations on the artists and their artesanias. Teachers can also order some of the books through Club Leo at Scholastic. 
 
Many of these books are years in the making. For example, it took four years to create Count me in! The ceramic figures marching in parade formation were sculpted by the internationally known Aguilar sisters of Ocotlan, Mexico. The Aguilar family was discovered by Nelson Rockefeller and made famous when he collected their pieces for his museums. The ceramic figures for Count me in! were considered so unique that they were recently acquired by the Field Museum of Chicago for it's permanent collection. Go to www.cincopuntos.com for a power point about the Aguilar sisters and the development of this book and others. 
 
One of my favorite books is Opuestos. See the short video, to the right, about Martin and Quirino Santiago. Martin and Quirino live in hamlet nestled within the northern sierra of Oaxaca. They hand carved each of the whimsical figures depicted.
 
About Me
I hold a Doctorate in Education from Teachers College Columbia University. When I am not in Oaxaca, I supervise graduate student teachers in New York City. I was a teacher for many years, worked in humanitarian assistance and am trained as an art historian. 
 
I've always been interested in the work of artisans in developing nations. It gives me great pleasure to partner with these wonderful craftspeople and see them recognized for their lifetime achievement.

Books by Cynthia Weil