Bartolomï¿½ The Infanta's Pet
17th-century Madrid is not a kind place for a dwarf like Bartolomé, and his family has to keep him hidden in a small back room. His dream is be able to read and write, and when he hears that a dwarf like himself works in the king's court, he is More...
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Copyright Year: 2012
Publisher: Little Island
Publication Date: 4/1/2015
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.60" tall
17th-century Madrid is not a kind place for a dwarf like Bartolomé, and his family has to keep him hidden in a small back room. His dream is be able to read and write, and when he hears that a dwarf like himself works in the king's court, he is heartened, knowing that he, too, could have the chance the make something of himself.
Having grown up in Galway and Donegal, Siobhï¿½n Parkinson has lived most of her adult life in her native Dublin. She studied English literature and German at Trinity, and went on to take her doctorate in English literature. She has worked for many years as an editor, a profession that very closely resembles that of writing. She concentrates more on her writing these days, but is also a very active member of the writers-in-schools scheme, and she gives workshops in creative writing and talks on her work in all sorts of situations. She has held various writing residencies and has been editor of, Inis -- The Children's Books Ireland Magazine, and Bookbird, the IbBy International magazine. Her books have won numerous awards and been translated into lots of languages, her favourites being Latvian, because it is so different, and Japanese, because it is back to front. Her husband, Roger Bennett, is a woodturner and teacher, and her son Matthew is almost grown up. Being her son didn't do him too much harm, he claims, but time will tell. Her book Sisters ... no way! won the Bisto Book of the Year award. Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (maybe) won a Bisto Merit Award. Siobhï¿½n's next book, The Moon King , also won a Bisto Merit Award and was on the iBbY Honour List 2000, in Ireland's first year as a member of iBbY. Siobhï¿½n was Ireland's first Laureate na n#211;g (Children's Laureate) from 2010-2012.