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Laurie Allen Klein has been a freelance artist for nearly 25 years. Over the last several years, she has worked as the on-staff artist for a marine park, where she does everything from painting life-size sea animal murals to illustrating children's activity books. In addition to Saving Kate's Flowers, They Just Know, Laurie has illustrated The Ghost of Donley Farm, Fur and Feathers, Where Should Turtle Be?, Little Skink's Tail, Solar System Forecast, Meet the Planets, If a Dolphin Were a Fish and Balloon Trees for Arbordale. She was the winner of the Outstanding Pennsylvania Author/Illustrator Award from the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association in 2008 and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Laurie lives in Florida. See more of her artwork at lauriekleinarts.com.
The dichotomy between the anthropomorphized scenes and the realistic ones artfully highlights the divide between the animal world and the human one. - Kirkus Reviews The author's bringing in things that humans would do to babies personalizes it, and makes the final picture of a loving mother with a baby particularly poignant. Laurie Allen Klein's soft illustrations show reality and humorous anthropomorphizing, which opens the book up to a nice fact/fiction discussion. - Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books Each double-page spread highlights one of Mother Nature's wonders and offers several facts and a bit of witty wordplay, too...Though the words for this book are strong, the illustrations dominate readers' attention. - The Florida Times Union