NC Literary Hall of Fame




Summer in a Bowl by Joan Leotta

$12.99, paperback / $2.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-68189-027-2
September, 2016
Children's: Picture Book
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Summer in a Bowl is intended for ages 3 through 9.

Summer in a Bowl is a wonderful introduction to the joys of gardening and cooking with children. Rosa spends every Thursday helping Aunt Mary tend her garden. On this last Thursday of the season, they harvest the vegetables and cook them. Rosa finds that vegetables can be delicious and discovers a new way to preserve all of her summer fun.

Joan Leotta has been playing with words on paper and on stage from the first time she could hold a pen and climb. She gathers inspiration for writing and performing from everyday incidents and objects. She has been a story performer, mostly for children, for more than thirty years—including historic characters and folklore shows. To her credit are four young adult novels, numerous plays and poems, and a picture book called WHOOSH!

Joan attended Ohio University and Johns Hopkins, where she concentrated on international relations and economics.

Joan grew up in Pittsburgh now lives, and spends a lot of time walking the, North Carolina beaches with her husband Joe. Her motto is “encouraging others through pen and performance.”

Joan Leotta crafted this tale from her own memories of gardening and occasionally cooking with her Aunt Mary and the countless times she tired new things and foods at her father's urging. Joan has a strong commitment to using natural foods and to providing wonderful meals for family and friends. Joan writes food articles for the local newspaper and is on the Board of the Waccamaw Slow Food USA Chapter.

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