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Tania Stehlik is an elementary school teacher with the Toronto District School Board. She was born and raised in Montreal, but currently lives in Toronto with her husband Rob. She is of Indian and French Canadian descent and takes great pride in her mixed heritage from which the story of Violet is inspired. This is her first book.

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"This simple, smart tale is a great way for adults to introduce the concept of difference to young people, opening the way to positive discussions, insight and opportunities for us all to be proud of who we are."--Canadian Bookseller Magazine (10/01/2009) "I can see this book being a real asset for discussions and themes on differences and diversity."--Teach with Picture Books blog (04/29/2010) "A sensitive and memorable story... The celebration of differences message is very clear in Violet, which is additionally enriched by a plethora of spicy, imaginative, full page color illustrations." --Midwest Book Review (11/01/2009) "The story's innovative and fresh approach succeeds in imparting an important, but timeless message. Violet provides a chance for readers to explore this topic with the help of parents and teachers. Jovanovic's art captures this colourful world with wild, exuberant digital illustrations featuring double page spreads of strangely shaped kids that are portrayed with long skinny limbs. The whimsical drawings are full of fun details, add a comical twist and are as inventive as the story line. Recommended."-- (09/11/2009) "Jovanovic keeps things interesting by creating a world that is part Dr. Seuss, part The Little Prince, and part something else quite unique...This familiar-yet-strange environment makes it easier to deal with the tricky issue of race with getting bogged down in earnest preaching. As a result, while the message will have a special resonance for mixed-race families, any kid who has ever felt 'different' will feel right at home." --Quill & Quire (09/01/2009)

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