Dear Michelle, Sharon, and Mindy,
Thank you for considering our picture book biography, STRONG HANDS: THE STORY OF YOUNG POTTER MARIA POVIKA MARTINEZ.
When young Maria grew tired of seeing her clay dishes crumble she sought help from her aunt Nicolasa, the best potter in San Ildefonso Pueblo. With hard work and practice her hands and her pots grew strong. In time her beautiful pottery was discovered by the world, and Maria Povika Martinez became one of the most famous Native American Indians of her day. STRONG HANDS: THE STORY OF YOUNG POTTER MARIA POVIKA MARTINEZ is a 1000 word picture book biography of a strong Native American Indian woman and artist for children ages 5-10.
Barbara Gonzales is a Native American Indian potter and the great grand-daughter of Maria Povika Martinez. She is also a writer with a degree in Education living in San Ildefonso Pueblo. Her writing has been published in magazines and newspapers and she lectures at colleges and art centers throughout the country. She makes her own unique pottery based on the style she learned from Maria, whom she lived with as a child. She is involved in many organizations and presently serves on the board of San Ildefonso Pueblo LLC.
I have degrees in Art and Education. My first book, LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING, (Sterling Publishing, 2014) was nominated for a CLEL Bell award. I’m an Elementary Art teacher, and was inspired to write this book as a way for my students to learn about pottery techniques and diverse cultures from this important woman artist.
Thank you for your consideration.
STRONG HANDS: THE STORY OF YOUNG POTTER MARIA POVIKA MARTINEZ.
The personal connection is intriguing. Please send your query letter and the text of the PB in the body of the email to email@example.com with #PBParty-LZ in the subject line. Thanks!
Wonderful! Thank you so much for your interest. I’ll send it your way later today.
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This sounds wonderful! And this Clel would love to review the work of a CLEL Bell nominee 😉 Feel free to send me a query with the full manuscript pasted in the body of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate #pbparty in the subject line with the title so I can spot you. Good luck!
Thank you Clelia! 😊 I’m excited to share this story with you.