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Core Curriculum Study Guide to Accompany Book for K thru Fifth Grade Use Written by J. Mac Reed
LOS ANGELES, August 7, 2014 – Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group’s imprint Taylor Trade has purchased the United States publishing rights to a third book from author/illustrator Ruthie Briggs-Greenberg, entitled “Sea of Echoes”, and written by debut writer J. (Jeff) Mac Reed. “Sea of Echoes” tells the story of Finn the fin back whale who navigates the dangerous whale hunting waters of Iceland while he guides and protects other orphan whales on their shared journey.
Ruthie Briggs-Greenberg, a Southern California artist, painter, creator, sculptor and author/ illustrator of Rowman & Littlefield’s imprint Taylor Trade Publishing’s “Dan The Biggest Dump Truck” with writer Chris Adams (to be released in April 2015) and “Felicity The Dragon” (to be released in fall 2015), started her journey with “Sea of Echoes” by deciding to collaborate with writer J. Mac Reed to craft an emotional tale supported by research and passion.
Briggs-Greenberg’s fine art has been exhibited at the Schomburg Art Gallery at Santa Monica’s Bergmont Station; California 101 Gallery in Redondo Beach; Gallery 104 in San Clemente and Buenaventura Art Association in Ventura, among other places. Currently, Briggs-Greenberg is enrolled for a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. Briggs-Greenberg’s clients include the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Sunstone Vineyard and Winery in Santa Ynez, California, Branche Apparel, Amigos Sin Barrios/Friends Without Barriers in Redondo Beach, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), the Southern California Paddleboard Association and multiple entertainment executives at Universal Pictures, MGM, Paramount Pictures, and United International Pictures, in addition to numerous commissions. Briggs-Greenberg’s work has been used in the television series ABC TV’s “Dark Blue” and in 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s feature film “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night”. Briggs-Greenberg is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Lewis Carroll Society of North America,the International Women’s Writing Guild and the Psi Sigma Alpha Society
.J. Mac Reed is a veteran teacher of literature and writing with a Master’s Degree from Indiana University. This is Reed’s first published book, although he has been writing his whole life. Reed’s professional curriculum writing for education led him to develop a complete Common Core Curriculum study guide for Kindergarten to Fifth Grade to accompany “Sea of Echoes” which follows the specific standards of the Common Core Curriculum adopted in forty-three states in the U.S.
“’Sea of Echoes’ was a true collaboration with Jeff which grew from a passion for the ocean and the endangered Fin whales," said Briggs-Greenberg. “Our research uncovered the sophisticated cognitive abilities of whales, and their indispensable contribution to our eco-system.” Continued Briggs-Greenberg: “I am thankful to Rick Rinehart and the entire Rowman & Littlefield/Taylor Trade team, and I am thankful to my entire team on this book.
“When I first saw Ruthie’s paintings, it made me envision a collaboration with her which would be a return to those beautiful Victorian storybooks where the book itself is a work art,” said Reed. “Elementary teachers can use this Common Core Curriculum study guide to teach students about literature, writing and speaking and listening skills through the story of Finn, Cea and the other orphan whales.” Continued Reed: “I’m thankful to Rowman & Littlefield/Taylor Trade Publishing and to agent Melissa McComas for sourcing this deal.”
The Rowman & Littlefield imprint Taylor Trade Publishing is the consolidation of many prestigious imprints acquired by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group: M. Evans, The Derrydale Press, Cooper Square Press, Roberts Rinehart Publishers, Moonlight Publishing, Madison Books, Architectural Book Publishing Company, Addax Publishing, Diamond Communications, Gulf Publishing, Vestal Publishing, Bridge Works Publishing, and Republic of Texas Press and consists of an award-winning list of books on children’s titles, house and home, entertainment, family issues, gardening, health, history, sports, nature and field guides. While many of Taylor Trade’s titles are of general interest, Taylor books also have a strong regional presence from the Mississippi west to California, and from Texas north to the Canada border.
The deal was sourced and negotiated by Melissa McComas and Tsunami Worldwide Media. Tsunami Worldwide Media represents and positions authors as brands around the world.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group’s Taylor Trade Publishing will release “Sea of Echoes” in summer 2015.
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Media Contact: Melissa Mc Comas, Agent for Ruthie Briggs-Greenberg and J. Mac Reed
Tsunami Worldwide Media
Tel: (410) 472-2123
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About Rowman & Littlefield/Taylor Trade Publishing
Rowman & Littlefield’s Taylor Trade Publishing is the consolidation of many prestigious imprints acquired by Rowman & Littlefield: M. Evans, The Derrydale Press, Cooper Square Press, Roberts Rinehart Publishers, Moonlight Publishing, Madison Books, Architectural Book Publishing Company, Addax Publishing, Diamond Communications, Gulf Publishing, Vestal Publishing, Bridge Works Publishing, and Republic of Texas Press. Visit www.rowman.com