I began my career writing for regional and national magazines then shifted my interest to children's books. My picture book, "The Gingerbread Cowboy," published by HarperCollins, was the Arizona Governor's 2007 First Grade Book.
I belong to SCBWI and Women Writing the West.
Memorial Day just two weeks away, it seemed appropriate to share this story of
Arlington Cemetery. Demarest has created a work that traces the history of
Arlington from its early connection to George Washington through present day. Following
the death of his father, George Washington Parke Custis was adopted and raised by
his grandparents, George and Martha Washington. At the age of 21, Parke Custis
began building Arlington House on land inherited from his father. The property
was inherited by Custis' son-in-law, Robert E. Lee and eventually sold to the
federal government by Lee's son. The first Revolutionary War dead were reburied
at Arlington in 1892.
research broadens the scope of the book to include details such as the creation
of Freedman's Village, a home to more than one thousand freed slaves and other
points of interest related to the Arlington property. The author notes that
300,000 people are buried at Arlington and provides a brief list of some of the
familiar writers, activists, justices and presidents. He also includes a list
of the many memorials to be found. Demarest concludes his work with a personal
look at his own experience of his father's burial at Arlington and a discussion
of his illustrations.
in picture book format, but crafted for older readers grades 3-6, this is a
work that will provide its audience with a well-researched study that is both
comprehensive and respectful. Beautiful watercolor illustrations offer glimpses
of Arlington from varied perspectives. A timeline, author's notes, and suggestions
for further reading provide opportunities for enriched study. Common Core compatible.