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With Ballet in My Soul
Adventures of a Globetrotting Impresario

“Lively, educational and a fun romp through Europe’s professional circles, With Ballet in My Soul blends the artistry of performance and visual enhancements with an adventurer’s heart to provide a heady mix of travelogue, career journey and personal odyssey that’s hard to put down. With Ballet in My Soul is one of those rare gems that provide an outstanding performance, documenting the rich worlds of professional theater and dance alongside the author’s life and interactions as her experiences become memories to treasure and share.”
  Midwest Book Review
“… Hers was a trailblazing and financially risky career, unprecedented for a a woman of her time.”
  Carrie Seidman/ Sarasota Herald Tribune/ Interview

“This is a well-constructed autobiography about a woman who has accomplished much in her years. With beautiful photographs throughout the book, accompanying a pleasing design that makes the memoir feel as if it almost a scrapbook, the story is engaging, well-written, and constantly surprising."
  Red City Review/ 5 Stars

“A remarkable read, With Ballet in My Soul sends a powerful message of persistence and a positive attitude cutting through social norms and challenging times. Recommended by the US Review.”
  The US Review of Books

“Reading this book will make you feel like you’re curled up next to her on the couch, sipping some fine Parisian coffee, and listening to tales about a life well lived.”
  Ryan G. Van Cleave/ Scene Magazine/ Sarasota, FL

“Packed with photographs, this coffee table book is a captivating memoir of a remarkable woman… This book is, by turns, honest, compelling, thought -provoking and poignant. The author never shies away from the truth, but presents everything in a straightforward, engaging manner. Overall, a fascinating read.”
  Debra Webb Rogers/ balletwebb.blogspot.com/ Ballet Webb Interview

“The memoir, With Ballet in My Soul: Adventures of a Globetrotting Impresario, is a walk through time with Eva Maze. This very influential woman tells her story of ultimately fulfilling her “dream of sharing the beauty of dance and culture” with the world. Particularly charming at its conclusion, the book also includes many beautiful old photos, presented in scrapbook fashion.”
  Jaime Ngo/ Dance.net/ Interview

With Ballet in My Soul is creatively designed, with photographs and reproductions of posters elegantly scattered throughout the book. It’s a pleasant read that is both a moving homage to the lovely sense of tradition engrained within the performing arts as well as a primer on why internationalism matters, why “culture” isn’t a forbidding, somehow elitist activity, but should be available to all, a crucial key for opening up minds… more than just a lovely gift to send to one’s childhood dance teachers. It should be mandatory reading for politicians who need to recognize their responsibility for supporting the arts.”
  Janine Parker/ The Arts Fuse/ Boston’s online arts magazine

“This book is a treasure. What an amazing life –you just have to read it to believe it. Wonderful
stories with accompanying photography. Highly recommend to any ballet appreciators out there!”
  Juliette Dupre/ Ballet Scoop/ balletscoop.com

“I was wrong when I said Eva did not have super powers. Eva has a magic lasso, her brain lassoed in all the knowledge and passion that she could reel in and she put it to good use. Eva's enthusiasm for living for all she could was her super power, she followed her dream to the end. She is Wonder Woman.”
  Brittany Perez/ goodreads

“Maze’s blend of serious commentary and anecdotes about the risks and rewards of the business side of theater and dance from the 1940s to the 1990s is without equal. Equally valuable reading is her own motivation for being an impresario, and her personal life.”
  Coast to Coast Newspaper

“A lush, historically mesmerizing memoir of a Romanian immigrant whose passion for ballet forged her into an unprecedented cultural ambassador, Eva’s Maze’s memoir, With Ballet in My Soul, Adventures of a Globetrotting Impresario, is one of a kind.”
  Joey Lorraine/ dancestrology.wordpress.com

“…. A reminder of how a single woman could be responsible for hundreds of programs over a 40-year time span and live a very happy life… all because she loves ballet.”
  David King/ A Ballet Education/ aballeteducation.com

“Unlike too many memoirs, this does not indulge with a tiresome psychological delving into the interior mind and motives of the writer. Nor is it just a book of gossipy reminiscences still less the author settling scores
this interesting memoir is a light easy read about a fascinating lady. The book places her long life in context with her work, surroundings and world events. Sharing her full and varied life with the reader, this memoir, like I imagine the writer, is lively and entertaining.”
  Gavin Roebuck/ Dance International Magazine-UK

“… A most impressive book!”
  Deborah Lloyd/ Readers’ Favorite/ 5 Stars

“The book, written in an easy, accessible style, is beautifully presented, with hundreds of photographs, and alongside Eva’s personal story, we get a fascinating glimpse into world events at the time… An excellent addition to the theatre-lovers’ library.”
  Amanda Jennings/ Dance Europe Magazine

“She is a fine writer, and her stories will delight anyone who loved dance, especially ballet and travel. I enjoyed every minute of this wonderful book and assure you that every reader will find pleasure reading it.”
  Aubrey Reuben/ Aubrey’s Corner/ Theater Extras/ Black Tie

“Eva Maze's life is one that is something you rarely hear about. All of the different times of the world that she experienced. Also she gives such a great example of what a strong woman can accomplish if they go out and do what they want and don't take no for an answer.
This is a book I am going to place in the high school library where I work, knowing that my students will get a lot out of it, both just in her life story, as well as the great history resource she provides.”
  Lisa Mandina/ misclisa.blogspot.com

“We all have that one neighbor that we want to know more about – she’s lead the most interesting life, and if we could just sit down for tea with her we know we’d learn a lifetime of history. Eva Maze is one of those people, and opening With Ballet in My Soul is that afternoon tea. So you better have a big pot ready, because you’re not going to want to move from your couch until you finish listening to everything she has to tell you.”
  Haley Mills/ ilayreading.com

“A delightful and charming literary sojourn, the book also relays a potent message
. It is certainly an inspiring narrative about artistic passion and unrelenting commitment, but in addition, makes a strong statement about female empowerment… A lovely read, With Ballet in My Soul tells the story of a creative spirit who has always and continues today to seek after the culture, beauty and innovation that is cultivated and celebrated in the performing arts community.”
  Heather Desaulniers/ heatherdance.com

“I truly adore this book and am inspired by her love of life and the arts, and her ability to swim laps every day well into her nineties! This book is sitting on my coffee table now—it’s too beautiful to put on a shelf just yet.”
  Tamara Rhoades-Baldwin/ Inside Ballet

“An engrossing and educational read, I devoured the book in one afternoon and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in dance, theatre, history, travel or the pioneering achievements of extraordinary individuals.”
  Georgina Butler/ georginabutler.wordpress.com

“Her story transpires the idea of being a ballerina. Eva demonstrates how a woman can live a fulfilling life in the 1900s, despite gender quality not being considered. It is her fiercely modern perspective of the world that makes me as the reader completely and utterly in awe of Eva and her achievements. She is never afraid to venture out of her comfort zone; learning new skills and living in unfamiliar cities and certainly not shy to flirt with the idea of true romantic bliss…
This book is special read to a dancer, a woman, a man, a historian, a student, a cultural lover. For Eva, she lets her memories bleed onto the page with such strength and poise.”
  Jessica Poulter/ Dance Writer Australia

“It is like a magic carpet ride through time! … I am so grateful she has written this book and shared her life experience she is a truly interesting person and inspiration. Times sure have changed and I think every young artist should read "With Ballet In My Soul". I recommend this book for anyone who loves history, dance, theatre and the arts. My mom stole it to display on her coffee table.”
  Robbie Downey

“… I really appreciate Ms. Maze sharing her story with me and documenting it for the world. The impresario profession has mostly faded, but getting to hear parts of her story are a valuable, historical reference to a time when people were more likely to be ambassadors for the arts than financially-driven organizations.
Congratulations to Ms. Maze, and thank you to her for her work in sharing arts and theatre with the many who worked with her and attended her shows.”
  Barry Kerollis

“I read the whole book in two days.
It is a story for the history lovers, the travel junkies, the celebrity groupies, the collectors, and above all, those like Maze and myself who can’t imagine life without dance. It is a visual feast with photographs, old programs, ticket stubs, and performance posters from her work with companies like Alvin Ailey and West Side Story.”
  Jessica Ruhlin/ jessruhlin.wordpress.com

“What makes With Ballet In My Soul special and unusual though is the inclusion of so many photographs ranging from personal snapshots to tour programs and publicity images.
The physical book is a beautiful 'coffee table' publication which I believe would make a thoughtful gift for anyone interested in twentieth century dance and theatre, or the arts in post-war Germany.”
  Stephanie Jane/ Literary Flits/ litflits.blogspot.com

“Lovely Memoir…. the book shows how sometimes going for a certain dream often leads to a different and even greater dream.”
  Haley Marshall/ Oak/ oaktreereviews.com

“This book, the autobiography of 96-year-old Eva Maze, is full of amazing accomplishments that remind the reader that nothing can stop a dedicated dancer from pursuing her dreams… Most importantly, this memoir reminds dancers that even the most extenuating circumstances don't have to kill dreams. Dedication and hard work can help dancers surpass setbacks from illness, relocation, or minority status. Eva's story also importantly reinforces the fact that an inability to pursue a career in dance does not preclude a person from pursuing a career in the dance industry. Management, costuming, and numerous other dance and performance related careers are wonderful options for those who can't dance professionally… Overall, I found this to be a wonderful read, and I definitely recommend it.”
  Jilian Cupp/ The Dancewear Guru/ thedanceweargurublogspot.com

With Ballet In My Soul is a breathtaking, carefully organized and visually stunning novel. My favorite part of this book is its beautiful pictures. Rarely there are pictures in memoirs, and if there are, they are usually placed as an afterthought. There are many pictures in this book and they are colorful, vibrant and organized in a way the flows with the words on the page.
It almost felt like I was going through a scrapbook; the pictures made Maze’s story feel more warm and intimate…. All in all, this book is very enjoyable to read. Maze’s writing is wonderful; when you read her writing it is almost as if you are listening to an old friend talk to you… I suggest this novel to any person who loves memoirs, dance, history, and has an interest in learning more about different countries. This memoir teaches you that in order to achieve your dreams, you must be willing to work hard for them.”
  Katherine Williams/ goodreads

“In addition to Maze's evident strength in coordinating successful productions,
her ability to embrace diversity and variety in her work is striking.”
  Maya Pindar/ theinsanityindancing.blogspot.co.uk

“I ended up really liking this book.
It felt like Maze was almost a friend telling her life story. Maze is an elegant, highly cultured person with a charming prose style. There are lots of wonderful photographs. I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating memoir.”
  Mel Ulm/ The Reading Life/ rereadinglives.blogspot.com

“I wholeheartedly recommend this historical memoir. What an amazing collection of memories of a life lived to the full!”
  Sandra Olshaski/ libraryofcleanreads.com

“… an unforgettable memoir… A most impressive book!”

  5 Stars, Readers’ Favorite

Healthy Foods from A to Z 2015 Calendar (Bilingual-Eng./Sp.)
2014 National and World Calendar Awards
(Calendar Marketing Association)
Gold Award/ Best Subject
Gold Award/ Best Graphic Design
Silver Award/ Most Original
Silver Award/ Best Children's
Kids Educational Products category

Keeping Fit from A to Z/ Mantente en forma de la A a la Z

2015 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program
Juvenile/YA Non-Fiction Category

2014 Creative Child Awards:
Health & Nutrition Books for Kids-Bilingual category

2014 Mom's Choice Awards:
Children's Picture Books: Bilingual (with English translation)

"Doctors recommend that all children be active and involved in some form of physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day."
This highly visual alphabet picture book serves multiple purposes. It introduces children to the importance of being physically active every day, while the format reinforces children's English language skills and broadens their cultural awareness with its Spanish language component. This compilation is a wonderful companion to "Healthy Foods from A to Z: Comida sana de la A a la Z."
The book logically begins with activities associated with the letter A and progresses through the alphabet, providing a picture and brief description of each activity. The letter-themed activities include both English and Spanish descriptions. For example, A represents aerobic exercises and sale a acampar, which means to go camping.
When parents are struggling to get their children to get away from their TVs and to go play outdoors, this book provides extensive suggestions for staying active while having fun with friends. One of the best aspects of it is that it provides a wide range of suggestions for children with varying interests. There are activities for kids who like team sports, such as basketball, as well as those who prefer individual activities such as snowboarding. There are activities for the youngest of readers such as jumping over puddles and activities for civically minded children such as organizing a recycling team. There are even suggestions for children with disabilities, making this a truly all-inclusive picture book.
Children will be inspired by the colorful photos of youngsters enjoying themselves, while parents will appreciate the educational and wellness aspects. Parents are also likely to be thrilled by certain activities that encourage children to assist their parents with housework, including raking leaves, washing the car, and sweeping the floor.
  Reviewed by Jacquelyn Gilchrist, The US Review of Books

"Keeping Fit from A to Z / Mantente en forma de la A a la Z is a dynamic new A to Z alphabet book that is sure to find its way into small hands, hands that are eager to learn how to stay fit!" 

The theme, 'keeping fit,' is an excellent one that will translate and resonate with many homeschool and classroom teachers. Each page pops with exciting photographs of children enjoying life as they find ways to keep fit.
Some of the activities are quiet ones while others are more dynamic and vibrant, however all espouse the fact that keeping fit is important. Children can plant flowers / planta flores or they can really move if they juega al futbol (play soccer). Each page has a capitalized and lower case letter with a larger centralized activity and other smaller ones circling it. In the back of the book are 'Other Activities You Can Try / Otras actividades que puedes probar,' 'Games You Can Play / Juegos en los que puedes participar,' and an informative 'Parents, Did you Know ...? / Padres, sabian que ...?' section to explore."
  Deb Fowler, Feathered Quill Book Review

"...This bilingual picture book is full of high-energy photographs of kids of all ages and skill levels, all of them having fun and keeping fit... Ideal for non-readers, early readers, and even school age kids and their parents--this colorful book will have everyone up and moving before you can get to Z."

  Lyda Whiting, Awareness Magazine

Studies have shown that the early years are when children are best equipped to learn a second language, so it's never too soon to start introducing your child to basic Spanish vocabulary. Keeping Fit from A to Z covers words relating to sports, exercise, movement, and games.
Reading this book with your child is a fun way to broaden his or her Spanish vocabulary while discovering new forms of physical activity that your family can enjoy together. 

Keeping Fit from A to Z is the follow up to Healthy Foods from A to Z, a bilingual picture book that follows a similar format. Together, these books can help your child set the foundation for building a healthy mind and body."

  Dana Hinders, Smart Mom Picks

"...This educational and visually attractive book is a wonderful tool to teach young children about ways to keep active and health physically....
What makes this book unique is that every activity, word, and sentence is in both English and Spanish, giving an educational bi-cultural and bi-lingual opportunity for both children and adults while promoting a healthy lifestyle at a young age."


"What a great book this is! Each page has vibrant colorful pictures, and a description of each in both English and Spanish. Each page represents a letter of the alphabet with activities and fun things you can do that start with that letter. There are numerous and activities on each colorful page.
My kids are seven and ten, and love this book. They each take turns on picking what activity/fun thing we are going to do out of this book. It even has a picture of a small girl vacuuming. My son wanted to go vacuum our living room, because he said it looked like fun. There are so many different activities in this book, like wash a car, play leap- frog, hopscotch, and so much more. This book can keep parents busy with their kids for quite sometime. It is my go to book when my kids and I can't decide on what to do, whether we are indoors or outdoors.
Great book to have in a classroom for younger kids, or in your home library. "

  Laura, NewAgeMamaBlogspot.com

"...Each page presents a letter in the alphabet in both upper- and lowercase with five to seven activity choices loosely centered on the letter and explained in English and Spanish... A bonus of 10 typical children's games played around the world such as musical chairs, Simon says and let's play in the woods completes this fun-focused bilingual guide...
This alphabet book provides a plethora of information and when coupled with its companion, Healthy Foods from A to Z (2012), will allow families to engage in both culinary and physically positive pastimes for wholesome living."

  Vicky Smith, Kirkus Reviews

"Keeping Fit from A to Z is a smashing new bilingual alphabet/activity exercise book that will dazzle kids with the (literary) fun of fitness. Every page presents an alphabet letter in upper and lower case plus 4-6 action photos of kids of all colors engaged in exciting activities described in both English and Spanish, with equal emphasis on English and Spanish activity descriptions. Thus A is for 'arm-wrestling' (prueba echar un pulso) and for 'amasa el pan' (knead the bread), B is for 'practice basketball' (practica el baloncesto) and 'bucea' (snorkel), and so on. Every suggested activity is shown demonstrated by a happy kid, (who is obviously having the time of his/her life). This fun, fantastic sports/alphabet book packs mucho healthy education into every single page and letter for all children, while teaching two languages and cultures through picture and written word. At the end of the alphabet are other activities you can try, and fun things you can also do, plus games you can play. A parent information page teaches parents and caretakers the importance of exercise and play for growing children. Keeping Fit from A to Z/ Mantente en forma de al A a la Z is an inclusive, inspiring, vibrant source of learning for children (age 3 and up) and adults, parents, caretakers, and educators."

  James A. Cox, Children's Book Watch, The Bilingual Shelf, Shelf

"Using the alphabet, Keeping Fit from A to Z by Moonstone Press LLC is unique in that it provides its text for the very young reader, age 3 and up, in both English and Spanish. Extensively illustrated with many color photos, it will teach them the importance of getting out and engaging in sports and other activities. This is an early encouragement to not sit in front of the television or just play video games. It's a very good investment in one's child's health."

  Alan Caruba, Bookviews 

"...This highly visual book emphasizes the importance of both being active and having fun. Through its colorful photographic illustrations, it depicts a vast array of physical activities available in the world today. It also includes an additional list of activities in both languages to stimulate a child's imagination (from playing charades or riding a pogo-stick, to doing jumping jacks or square-dancing). There are activity suggestions involving movement and learning for the classroom (try spelling your name by using your arms, legs or body!), fun traditional games such as 'Simon Says' or 'Capture the Flag' that are known and practiced throughout the world, and a glossary of information for parents about the health benefits of exercise...."

  The Single Mom's Playbook

"What do you like to do to help you keep fit? Exercise has been considered important since the time of the ancient Greeks, who invented the Olympic Games in 776 B.C. and coined the phrase 'a healthy mind in a healthy body,' believing that physical exercise is as important as the development of the mind.
This bilingual alphabet picture book in both English and Spanish is designed to inspire children to stay active and healthy while, at the same time, introducing them to new vocabulary in two languages. It features over one hundred colorful photographs with descriptive text of a variety of physical activities, sports, and children's games. Do you like to do archery, baseball, croquet, or diving? Would you enjoy esquia cuesta abajo, futbol, hacer malabarismos, or impulsate en el columpio? 
Following the eighteen pages illustrating the vast array of physical activities in the world today, from aerobics to zigzaguea, there is an additional section with suggestions for 'Other Activities You Can Try,' 'Fun Things You Can Also Do,' and 'Games You Can Play,' plus a page of 'Parents, Did You Know...?' information. Keeping Fit from A to Z would make a great resource for homeschool families to provide ideas for implementing physical education into their curriculum. And there is the added benefit for those who are trying to learn either English or Spanish. Whether it's jumping with joy on a trampoline or practicing karate kicks in class, kids will learn that exercise is key to one's health and well-being."

  Wayne Walker, HomeSchoolBookReview

"What a great book for children and adults alike!
We all need to be active and this book encourages a variety of activities, transcending our traditional thoughts about exercise…Keeping Fit from A to Z / Mantente en forma de la A a la Z shows a variety of activities that contribute to improving fitness and increasing health. The endless options help to encourage and educate our children that movement is key! I highly recommend sharing this book with a little one in your family or community."
  Mary Edwards, M.S.
     Fitness Director and Professional Fitness Trainer
     Cooper Fitness Center, A Cooper Aerobics Company

"This simple yet visually powerful book will clearly help to instill a love of activity in children … and can help establish healthy patterns that will last into adulthood."
  Dr. Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D.N, CSSD, FAND
    Award-winning author
    (Cholesterol Down/ Blood Pressure Down)
    Director, Nutrition for Fitness Together
    Nutritionist . Go Red Spokesperson

Healthy Foods from A to Z/ Comida sana de la A a la Z


2012 Mom's Choice Gold Award
Children's Picture Books /  Cooking & Food

2012 Creative Child Book of the Year Award
Creative Child Magazine/  Nutrition

2012 NAPPA Silver Winner
National Parenting Publications/
Children’s Book Products

2012 Moonbeam Bronze Winner
Moonbeam Children's Books/
Spanish Language

2012 ForeWord Review's Book of the Year Award
Honorable Mention / Picture Books, Early Reader

2012 Family Choice Award
Children's Books / Ages 5-8

2013 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award
Cover Design / Children's & Young Adult

2013 Creative Child Book of the Year Award
 Creative Child Magazine/ Picture Book
2013 Creative Child Preferred Choice Award
Creative Child Magazine/ Bilingual Books



This delightful book is illustrated with photographs of healthy food, and on each page the photographer uses the foods to create a healthy food face. The names of the foods are provided in Spanish with English translations below in parentheses. This title is particularly helpful in that it includes suggestions for making your own healthy food faces, along with other projects. There is also supplemental information for parents about the nutritional benefits of the foods depicted…"

“… provides young Spanish-speaking readers with something more intangible, yet vitally important: a sense of their cultural heritage…”

“… recommended for school or public library collections that serve bilingual and Spanish-speaking readers…”
  — Tim Wadham, School Library Journal
     Libro por libro/ Book by Book

"Recognition and identification are the goals of this bilingual alphabet book that combines emotional literacy with nutrition... The multidisciplinary approach encourages children to learn letters and food names in both languages while interpreting each edible expression... Readers may find themselves hungry when they finish..."
  Kirkus Reviews

“Healthy Foods from A to Z
is a bilingual English/ Spanish children’s picture book that celebrates nutritious foods, especially fruits and vegetables, but also grains, dairy, and soy products. Each page features a medley of foods beginning with a certain letter of the alphabet, and a colorful, friendly face-portrait made out of an arrangement of these foods! The last few pages are a “did you know?” section for parents, mentioning which vitamins and minerals the various featured foods are rich in. An excellent way to help introduce young ones to foods that can compose a varied and nutritious diet, Healthy Foods from A to Z is highly recommended.
  Midwest Book Review/
    Children’s Bookwatch/ The Bilingual Shelf

“Recently I had the privilege of reviewing a book that could, quite honestly, change the world of childhood obesity in America. At least, it should. The book is called Healthy Foods from A to Z/ Comida sana de la A a la Z. As you can tell by the title, the book is bilingual. It presents healthy food pictures touting various expressions, using both English and Spanish words, and grouping them together based upon what letter of the alphabet the food name begins with. My daughter and I had a ball enjoying all the fun food-created faces. Then, we went to town creating our own....This book would make a welcome and healthy addition to every school, including homeschool, library.”
  — Tere Scott, St. Louis Homeschool Examiner

“Yum! Just a quick look through Healthy Foods from A to Z will make your mouth water. And a closer look will inspire both children and adults to get creative with nutritional foods and eat healthier! Tasty, delectable foods arranged in entertaining, funny, and creative faces will engage youngsters and get them interested in eating healthy foods.”

“This alphabet book features colorful pictures of foods that are good for children to eat! The names of the foods are labeled in both English and Spanish. The end of the book features ideas for making a ‘Healthy Food Face’ and other healthy food projects that kids and parents can do together. For example, it encourages kids to see how many healthy foods at the grocery store start with each letter of the alphabet. A helpful glossary also explains why each of the foods in the book are healthy. This educational book is fun for both adults and children!”
  — Ellen Feld, Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“This is the most innovative alphabet book I have seen. Each alphabet page has an interesting face depicting an emotion created with healthy foods beginning with the alphabet letter. The words are written in Spanish and English.The foods are easy to identify through the photographs. You and your child can discuss which foods you already eat and which foods you can explore next....I can see this book used as a resource to help a family plan meals together.”
  Chris, dadofdivas.blogspot.com

Healthy Foods from A to Z / Comida Sana de la A a la Z is a truly unique bilingual book. It’s originality along with the quality of the pictures and the wealth of educational opportunities in this book really set it apart.

The pictures are beautiful and crisp and the colors fresh, just like the fruits and vegetables. Each face has a different expression providing the opportunity to teach children how to recognize feelings by looking at the faces that range from happy, to surprised and serious. The book provides the opportunity for children to learn new vocabulary in both languages and is the perfect catalyst to open up the conversation on the importance of nutritious meals and healthy foods…

…The questions and the conversation continued long after we were done with the book. Both of my kids where so excited they wanted to make their own food face and even thought it was time for bed they where so motivated that I couldn’t say no. My little guy went to bed telling me how he was going to make 4 food faces: one happy, one sad, one surprised and one scared and which foods he was planning to use. This, coming from a child who cannot even be described as a picky eater because his sensory food aversions are so severe. My little man goes to therapy to help him increase the variety of foods he eats, and in a few minutes this book had awaken in him an interest in foods he’s refused to even touch in the past. I was more than impressed!
  Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, Growing Up Bilingual.com

"I love the faces. What an adorable, colorful, and informative book!
With the popularity of organic foods at an all-time high, Healthy Foods from A to Z / Comida sana de la A a la Z, has come at the perfect time. It is the perfect tool to aid parents in their goal to feed wholesome, organic foods to their children for habits that will last a lifetime and so much fun that children won't even realize they are learning, too!"

  — Ruth Yaron, author of Super Baby Food!, a best-selling book
     with more than 500,000 copies sold

"We know that children eat a more varied and healthful diet if they participate in meal planning and shopping. If they have involvement they are more invested in it. This book capitalizes on that tendency, making food and eating a pleasant and creative game."

  — Loraine Stern, MD, FAAP, co-editor of AAP's award-winning Nutrition:
     What Every Parent Needs to Know

"What a wonderful way to get kids interested in learning about healthy eating — and at the same time expand their English and Spanish language skills! The book exposes kids to fruits and veggies they may not see on their own table, so it encourages the whole family to try new foods. I love the activity at the end of the book, which invites kids to make their own funny face, as well as the interesting trivia about fruits and vegetables."
  — Bridget Swinney MS, RD, LD, author of Baby Bites: Everything You Need
    to Know about Feeding Infants and Toddlers in One Handy Book
    Eating Expectantly

This is a fun book about food ‘faces’ made from healthy foods.
The pages have lists of food in English and Spanish that start with a letter of the alphabet and then there’s a design made out of those foods that looks like a face! My favorite photograph is on the XYZ page; they used yogurt for the nose; yucca for the mouth; cactus for the ears and eyes; zucchini for the hair, eyebrows, and corners of the mouth; carrot for the hair; and blackberries for the pupils and mouth. You can make your own food face! There are instructions in the back of the book.
I would recommend the book to people who want to be healthy, but don’t know what to eat. I liked this book because it was so fun. I loved the illustrations because they were so colorful and bright. This book would have been better if there had been just a few more vegetables for each letter. You have to read the book to find out what foods they used for all of the other faces.
  Reviewed by Murphy, Age 6/ San Francisco Book Review

Healthy Foods from A to Z is different. It, a book of images of 26 different faces created entirely from healthy foods, left me itching to sit down with my sons to make some of these faces together. In addition, we would learn more Spanish in the process....

Kids don’t care why they should eat it—they just want it to look and taste good. And, if it looks weird, they won’t even try it! That’s why the fun creations in this book will help you. They look delicious and make you smile, and the photographs by Renée Comet are top-notch....I love the idea of making food faces on a rainy afternoon, then devouring every piece, from the apricots to the zarzamoras!”
  — Miri McDonald, ElephantJournal.com

"Teach your kids about food at the same time they learn the English and Spanish alphabets in a unique book, Healthy Foods From A to Z / Comida sana de la A a la Z. Each page in the first section represents a different letter of the alphabet. Along with the image of a face, rendered in various vegetables, are photos of the vegetables whose names begin with the page letter. Each vegetable has a caption in both English and Spanish. Subsequent sections let kids make their own faces and enjoy a number of projects involving art, math, science, and language. The book ends with a seven-page chart with captions and photos to inform kids and their parents about the health benefits of 70 superfoods.”
  — Kate Jackson, Today's Diet & Nutrition

Teaching children about healthy foods along with the alphabet, this bilingual picture book features colorful photos of faces made of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and soy products. A sample sketch allows kids to create their own food faces and a section for parents that highlights nutrition information.”
  Food and Nutrition Magazine, Fall 2012
    Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

“...While this book is for ages 3 & up, I honestly think it’s as useful for me as it is for the kids. My husband and I flipped through it together and were amazed at the selection of healthy foods. Not only that, but I love that each page features a face made of food which gives me so many ideas for fun food presentation. The back of the books lists 70 different foods with facts and benefits of each one. It’s VERY helpful for me and I believe Healthy Foods from A to Z will get as much use by me in the kitchen as it will by the kids!”

  — ItsGravyBaby.com

“A cast of ingeniously crafted characters introduce children to their ABCs and healthy foods from the fruit, vegetable, grain, dairy and protein groups. This bilingual picture book in features colorful photographs of charming faces made of foods, arranged by letter of the alphabet. Includes a ‘Now Make Your Own Healthy Food Face’ activity and more fun projects. An informative section for parents and teachers discusses the main nutrients of 70 different foods.”
  — Neat Solutions for Healthy Children

“For youngsters in a bilingual family that speaks and reads both English and Spanish, there’s Healthy Foods from A to Z (Comida sana de la A a la Z) by Stephanie Maze and photos by Renée Comet, both of whom have many books to their credit. The book features ‘faces’ made from the various fruits and vegetables that offer a great way for a youngster, age 4 to 8, to learn about them. It also includes projects and information for children and their parents. “
  — Alan Caruba, Bookviews

“Teaching Children to Eat Healthier Just Became Easier!
  — Phyllis Juried, Today's Parent Magazine (posted 8/20/12)

“Designed to inspire young children to eat healthy foods--as well as learn their ABCs--this book features 18 charming faces that depict a range of emotions children can understand.
Each face engages a child into a world of healthy eating, is artfully composed of foods beginning with a specific letter of the alphabet, and is surrounded on both sides with small food icons that make up the face. These icons are identified by vocabulary in both English and Spanish.”

  — Laura Kalchik, Families First Monthly

“I saw a TV show last year where celebrity chef Jamie Oliver went into the school system and asked children to identify different fruits and vegetables. It was amazing and saddening how many kids didn’t know the answers. These were everyday normal foods that kids should know like apples and pears. The single episode stuck with me. I knew I wanted my kids to be able to identify all kinds of foods. Healthy Foods from A to Z is an amazing book. I honestly cannot say enough about it.

Healthy foods are arranged artfully as faces on the pages in alphabetical order. You can use this book in so many ways! Flipping through the pages will reinforce the alphabet, introduce you to new foods and their Spanish names!

I love this book....we are homeschooling our bigger boys this year. I plan on doing a Unit Study with this book. Not only does it showcase food beautifully it also has Spanish throughout. The back of the book has several activities to do and a whole section on nutrition. I know I want my kids to know about healthy eating and see that there are many options. I plan on having them try some new foods they learn about in the book as well.” A beautiful visual guide to healthy foods. Exploring the alphabet never looked so delicious!”
  — Lisa Rupertus, AsTheyGrowUp.com

“Children will giggle at the funny faces on each page made from the foods that begin with that page’s letter. There are unusual and exotic foods as well as familiar favorites on each page. Children and parents will learn the names of each food in English and Spanish.

Each cheerful page of this creative book is dedicated to one or more letters of the alphabet, and is bursting with bright photographs of colorful fruits, vegetables, herbs, and grains. Kids will want to play with their food and make their own food faces on their plates. The back pages have facts about each of the foods, in English and in Spanish. Highly recommended for ages 3 and up.”
  — Lyda Whiting, Awareness Magazine

“Do you know what a berenjena is? Would you be willing to eat a zarzamora? Youngsters can traipse through the alphabet, learning about different fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods, while reinforcing their ABCs, in both English and Spanish....Colorful illustrations of charming faces constructed by famous food-photographer Renée Comet out of the various foodstuffs will encourage children to return to the book over and over. By the way, zarzamora is Spanish for blackberry, and berenjena is Spanish for eggplant. Have you ever tried eggplant? What about a quince (membrillo)?

Healthy Foods from A to Z will be beneficial for all youngsters but can be especially helpful for bilingual families and those wishing to expose students to the Spanish language (or even vice versa). Did you know that strawberries are a member of the rose family? I love strawberries. I also love this book.”
  — Wayne S. Walker, Book Reviewer,     homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolbookreview

“Healthy Foods from A to Z is designed to help children learn about healthy foods--along with their ABCs. It features colorful photographs of engaging faces made of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and soy products....will invite children to visit the book over and over.”
  Wendy Priesnitz, Natural Child magazine

“After reading Healthy Foods from A to Z / Comida sana de la A a la Z, there is little excuse for parents and children not to enjoy selecting and eating healthy foods and learn in the process....What makes this book so unique is that every food, word and sentence is in both English and Spanish, giving an educational bi-cultural and bi-lingual opportunity for not only children but also adults. Reader, beware! Your children or even you may start designing happy faces on your next meal plates and calling foods their foreign equivalent words!”
  Conny Crisalli, BookPleasures.com

"We know a well-nourished child does better in school and Healthy Foods from A to Z teaches the alphabet, stimulates creativity in the 'Now Make Your Own Healthy Food Face!' section, and introduces fruits and vegetables most likely unknown in some cultures. This is a book for the whole family.

We plan to use this book in our Nutrition Education classes and at our Farmers Market as a tool to help our families select, prepare, and enjoy the beautiful, nutritious foods nature has given us."

  — Edie Wiltsee, MPH, MS, CLC, Program Director,
     Monterey County California Health Department 

This alphabet book features colorful pictures of foods that are good for children to eat! The names of the foods are labeled in both English and Spanish. The end of the book features ideas for making a ‘Healthy Food Face’ and other healthy food projects that kids and parents can do together. For example, it encourages kids to see how many healthy foods at the grocery store start with each letter of the alphabet. A helpful glossary also explains why each of the foods in the book are healthy. This educational book is fun for both adults and children!”
  — Susan Heim, On Writing blog 

“Each page is devoted to a letter of the alphabet, with a very artistic face made from fruit and vegetables that begin with that letter. Presented in English and Spanish and with a heavy dose of creativity!

My guess is that just sitting with a child who might be a little finicky in their eating habits—naming and pointing together to the familiar fruits and vegetables—would break down subconscious barriers a child might have to trying new things.

The book also has a template and directions so you and your kids can make your own funny faces, ideas for other projects, and also—very valuable—a chart with nutrition information on all kinds of food. This is something you can study with your children—each absorbing what you can at your respective levels.”
  — Barbara Curtis, MommyLife.net

“Parents, are you tired of the same ole picture book, ones that do nothing to educate your little ones? Then check out Healthy Foods from A to Z. This book isn’t only educational, it’s fun!

Every letter of the alphabet is covered in food...well not really. But there is funny faces made from actual fruits, veggies and grains. Plus, each item also has its Spanish translation!

The food-faces are so comical you can’t help but giggle. Take for example letter “N’. This long-haired beauty is made from noodles, nuts, oranges, turnips, yams, nectarines and a cactus leaf—so much silly!

Your child will love to discover the many items that have gone into making up these faces and best of all they’re actual photos. In addition, at the back of the book there’s a ‘Make Your Own Healthy Food Face’ with a template to work with, ‘Other Healthy Food Projects You Can Try’—learning games, plus a ‘Parents Did You Know...’ section that reveals fun facts about all the items used on each page.

Playing with your food has never been so much fun and educational! “
  — Sandie Lee, Bumples Family First

“This book does more than grab the attention of the reader... It shows everyone what ‘healthy foods’ are out there.. but there is so much more... It is a bilingual book! I really liked that part, as we can look at it and not only discuss the food in the picture, but we can also work on our ABC’s... and learn another language too!

Broxton has been cracking up at the book, since each page has a smiley face made out of the foods that they teach us about... “
  — Noelle D, www.jumpin-beans.blogspot.com

“...Little C has enjoyed looking at his new book. He loves all of the faces that were created with all of the food. He already knows his ABCs so that is a step that we can skip, however, he loves learning the names of all of the fruits and vegetables. He has also been excited to make faces with his food. He does this with anything we put on his plate! It has encouraged him to have fun and eat all of his food, which is great!

I have to say that there have been things that I have learned as well. There are tons of food that I never knew existed and I absolutely love the artwork. I admire those who can be so creative and then share their creativity with the world in an educational way. Have fun reading!”
  — Lori Troyer, EmilyReviews.com

“This bilingual Spanish book teaches young readers about health and nutrition in a fun way with colorful photographs and faces made of fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy and other healthy food products. It will most likely encourage awareness of healthy food options in families. Ages 4-8.”
  — Arun Toke, Editor, Skipping Stones Magazine

“From Apple to Zucchini, color photographs of fruits and vegetables arranged as faces will delight children from three years old and up. Parents will find pages of descriptions with pictures and explanations of why these foods are healthy; a handy guide for future shopping.”
  — Elinor Nuxoll, NW Boomer & Senior News

“What a fun, clever way to teach kids about food—and the alphabet! I am happy to share in the excitement about the launch of Healthy Foods from A to Z, a creative, colorful book with important nutritional information on a wide variety of foods. To accompany engaging, instructive illustrations, Executive Editor Stephanie Maze offers a range of teaching activities and supporting information in English and Spanish. I felt right at home collaborating on these images...”
  — Renée Comet, Renée Comet Photography
    Photographer, Healthy Foods from A to Z

“One of the most important skills we can teach our children is how to make healthy food choices. Healthy Foods from A to Z is one of those tools we can use to help our kids make good food choices. It is a children’s book, with fantastic pictures that reveal healthy food choices by name on each page from A to Z.

The pictures in this book are awesome. I wanted to take some of these foods and make my own faces with them. The kids couldn’t wait to turn the pages to see the next face. That excitement alone makes it worth getting this book! I also loved that this book introduced some foods my kids had not seen before. This is just a super fun book.”
  — Lisa Martin, Lisa Reviews

“One hundred full-color, up-close photographs of fresh food encourage youngsters to concoct their own healthy food faces. Eighteen witty faces, designed with salad, corn and olives for hair, kiwis and bagels for eyes, watermelon, orange slices and mushrooms for mouths, smile out of the creative pages.

Set up A to Z, the colorful book introduces on the ‘A’ page artichokes, apricots, arugula and avocado, with each food then used in the featured face. The ‘B’ page includes beets, blueberries and bananas; and the entire alphabet is covered, with many unique foods youngsters may not be familiar with. All, however, are nutritious and will hopefully leave an indelible mark on little appetites.

Also bilingual, the foods are named in English and Spanish, making this an entertaining introduction to healthy eating in more ways than one. Extra activities and information fill the last pages, for parents and teachers.”
  — Lee Littlewood, Kids’ Home Library, syndicated column, Creators Syndicate

“This is a great children’s picture book that kids love. Healthy Foods from A to Z is a hardbound book of many faces, literally! As a home daycare provider, I’m always looking for books that are unique, educational, interesting, and fun.
This award-winning book provides all of that and more.
Each page features a letter or two of the alphabet, plus healthy foods that start with that letter in either English and Spanish. On the B page, there are Broccoli (brecol) and Blueberries (arandanos), but there are also a Boniato (sweet potato) and a Berenjena (eggplant). All of the food pictures are real photos, not illustrations, so children can recognize and learn them. To make this book even more fun and engaging, the foods featured on each page are arranged into a face shape that exhibits different facial expressions—happy, sad, silly, bored, mad, etc. In the back of the book there is an activity page that explains (in English and Spanish) how to make a healthy food face and a template to use. There are also pages of other healthy food projects to try and lots of interesting facts about the foods throughout the book. Did you know carrots come from northern Europe? 

“As a preschool teacher,I recommend Healthy Foods from A to Z be in every early childhood classroom. It’s a wonderful teaching tool and a great launching point for a Food Theme. As a parent, this is a wonderful way to share healthy habits in a fun way with your children.
We love this book!”

  Lisa Weidknecht, Planet Weidknecht

“This is such a cool picture book! The primary goal is to get children interested in healthy food, but it can help with teaching the alphabet, Spanish, and emotions, as well... My children love this book, and actually delayed my review by making it disappear into their collection! In addition to your home library, this would be an excellent addition to school and public libraries.”

  Rachel Ramey/ Titus2Homemaker

“This book is the winner of a Mom’s Choice Award, a Creative Child Magazine Award, a National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Award, and a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Imaginative FUN faces of healthy foods
surrounded by food vocabulary in both languages serve to draw the children into the world of healthy eating, while the bilingual approach helps to address a large audience and introduce children to a new language and culture. “

  Lenore Webb, Crazed Mind

“I thought this was super cute.
I am always looking for new ways to get my kids interested in healthy foods and this is a cute book at that goes through their letters, while also teaching them the names of super healthy foods that are in the shape of a silly face. Cody seemed to really like it.”

  Jennie and Kim, Surviving Motherhood/ www.motherhoodsupport.com

“Editor Stephanie Maze and Photographer Renee Comet have designed a new dual-language book that teaches children to eat healthier and it’s not a bad way for adults to catch on either. 

The creators combined a beautiful array of healthy vegetables in a format that also teaches youngsters to learn their ABCs. Each page in the front of the book features a face crafted of the different vegetables which begin with that letter. For instance, on the “A” page, in both English and Spanish, the face is made of avocados, almonds, arugula, apricots etc. 

A second part of the book, which requires some adult help, allows children to interact in a tactile manner with the foods themselves by encouraging them to make their own food faces.”

  Teri Flatley/ BoomThis.com

“This would be a wonderful book in a bilingual household or bilingual preschool or elementary school classroom. Each 2-page spread features a letter of the alphabet, foods (in both English and Spanish) that begin with that letter, and a really cute face made of all the different foods. Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains, cheese, and more! 

The end of this book has two great sections: one section describes the health benefits of the different foods in the book and the other has healthy food extension projects for parents and teachers. The extension projects include creative and tactile exploration of all different types of healthy foods.”
  Carrie Wells, Huppie Mama

Healthy Foods A-Z is a bilingual picture book that would be a positive addition to any preschool classroom.
Since it does not feature a story, it is not bedtime-friendly, but tailor-made for classroom discussions about identifying foods (small toddlers) and healthy food choices (older preschoolers). Each page consists of a face made out of food, which I found to be wildly creative. The later pages of the books feature activities to further teach children about fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods.”

  Katie Skelley/ Team Skelley

“Alphabet books are a dime a dozen, but Healthy Foods from A to Z stands out from the crowd by teaching kids their ABCs while familiarizing them with a variety of healthy foods....

My son and I enjoyed the section in the back of the book with fun facts abut the different foods that were featured. There were several interesting tidbits of information that I did not know, such as the fact that kiwis are sometimes called Chinese gooseberries. 

If you have a picky eater at home, I think this book might be a useful tool to get your child to try new foods. The book wasn’t able to inspire my son to develop a craving for collard greens, but he does want me to pick him up a papaya next time I go grocery shopping.”

  Dana Hinders, Smart Mom Picks

“...I was surprised by the amount of information that I found in this children’s book! There are so many ways that you can use this book and the ideas inside the book, and it may even help you with a picky eater!”

  Mary Williams, Lil Bit of Us

"Moonstone Press has outdone itself with its new children's book, Healthy Foods from A to Z/Comida Sana de la A a la Z.
From Apple to Zarzamora (blackberry), this Spanish-English bilingual hardcover book is developmentally appropriate for children three years old and up. It is not only entertaining, but serves the tri-fold function of teaching children their ABCs, about healthy foods, and emotions. ...At the end of the book are sections for parents that list activities from grocery store games, arts and crafts with healthy foods (ex: making an animal out of an apple with toothpicks, berries, and walnuts), and little known food facts. This book is recommended to elementary school teachers and any parent who has a hard time getting their young children to eat their fruits and vegetables!"
  Emily Davis, Portland Book Review   

"One way I have kept my children asking for more veggies is by offering them books to read and explore about produce from an early age on. Healthy Foods from A to Z is one of the best that I have seen,
and I am hoping it will be in your child's library soon!...No matter whether your kids are already champion veggie/fruit eaters or don't want to get near them with a 10-foot pole, this is a great book that you and your children will enjoy and learn a lot from!"

  Cara Nitz, Your World: Healthy and Natural   

Breastfeeding Around the World/
Amamantar alrededor del mundo


2012 Seal of Excellence Award
Creative Child Magazine/ Parenting Aids-Maternity category

2012 Mom’s Choice Silver Award
Health/ Nutrition/ Fitness & Safety category


"I find breastfeeding so compelling in part because it transcends the social, ethnic, religious, and economic barriers that divide people. Breastfeeding Around the World beautifully illustrates breastfeeding's universality.

This book's gorgeous full-color breastfeeding photos feature ethnically diverse mothers and babies from a vast array of countries and cultures. Countries represented include Mexico, Ethiopia, the U.S., Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Canada, Madagascar, Italy, Afghanistan, Brazil, New Guinea, South Africa, and more. Its photos feature breastfeeding children of all ages, from newborns through older nurslings.

Both mothers and children will enjoy the simple English and Spanish text that gracefully accompanies the photos, such as 'A mother's milk is nature's gift' or 'Whether in the United States or faraway in Italy, a baby begins a healthier life because mom offers her child her own milk.' Its intimate and international breastfeeding portraits make this book the perfect addition to any WIC office, pediatric waiting room, or family home library."
                                                           — Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA,
                                                                Author, Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple Co-author,
                                                                Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers

"Not only do our moms connect with the photos of their own culture, they can also see that breast-feeding is the norm in every part of the world. The sweet, tender images of mothers breastfeeding their babies evoke that very special feeling only a mom knows as she nurtures new life."
  — Edie Wiltsee, MPH, MS, CLC
     Program Director, WIC Monterey County California Health Department

"Breastfeeding Around the World is a beautiful and insightful look at the bond between a woman and her baby. This book is largely made up of photos, with simple text below (written in both English and Spanish). It would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift for any lover of breastfeeding, babies, photography, culture, or simply, motherhood."
  — Kelly Perotti, CribNotes.com

"Nos encanta este libro." ("We love this book").
  — ESPERA/ SER PADRES magazine

Moments in the Wild

Scholastic Book Club selection:
Tender Moments in the Wild

Best Product/ Books
iParenting Media Awards

Best Children's Literature
Judges' Selection Early Childhood News Awards

(one of eight outstanding children's products for 2003)

Teacher's Choice Award

2 Early Childhood News Directors' Choice Awards, Book Division

Benjamin Franklin Silver Awards:
Best Children's Book
Best Cover Layout and Design

Readers Preference Editor's Choice Award

"Preschoolers will be fascinated by these spectacular photographs. A natural selection for public and school libraries."
  — Kirkus Reviews

"It's simple enough for newly independent readers, but would be equally suited for one-on-one reading with preschoolers. Recommended for both libraries and bookstores."
  — School Library Journal

"Tender Moments is a beautiful photo-documentary book that delivers exactly what the title promises, with large lovely photos and simple text... Animal lovers will love this book."
  — Boston Sunday Globe (Tender Moments)

"Toddlers and parents alike will enjoy these delightful images."
  — Nature's Best Magazine

"This book is sure to warm anyone's heart. Though the prose is simple enough for a child to enjoy, the photographs and theme of the book will appeal to all generations."
  — (Tender Moments) National Wildlife Federation/Backyard Buddies

"You won't be able to resist saying ,' Aaw-w-w-w-w-!'" Special Moments in the Wild series captures rarity on film that creates beautiful books".
  — Nature Society News

"This is a fun way of looking at nature. You can see the best of ourselves in these creatures."
  —Joel Sartore, author of The Company We Keep,
    America's Endangered Species

"The photographs are absolutely stunning, the layout is engaging for children, and the text is perfect for our early readers in both English and Spanish."
  — Everybody Wins! Readers are Leaders & Storytime