Sheree Fitch's playful words lead you into this beautiful children's book and invite you to celebrate our gifts, our weaknesses, our differences, and our sameness. Marie Cadieux did a wonderful job of adapting into French Fitch's display of wit and mastery of words in quick, rollicking rhymes that are complemented by Emma Fitzgerald's lively illustrations. The original English version of this book, EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street, was originally produced in 2001 as a fundraiser to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Festival of Trees in support of the Nova Scotia Hospital and to raise awareness for mental illness and addiction.
Sheree Fitch's first two books, Toes in My Nose (1987) and Sleeping Dragons All Around (1989), launched her career as a poet, rhymester, and a "kind of Canadian female Dr. Seuss." Fitch has won almost every major award for Canadian children's literature since then, including the 2000 Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work Inspirational to Canadian Children. She has over twenty-five books to her credit, including her bestselling and critically praised adult novel, Kiss the Joy As It Flies (2008). Fitch's home base is the East Coast of Canada. Visit her at: shereefitch.com
Emma FitzGerald was born in Lesotho, a small mountainous kingdom in Southern Africa, to Irish parents. She grew up in Vancouver, and has lived in Halifax, N.S, before recently moving back to Victoria, BC. She wrote and illustrated Hand Drawn Halifax and Sketch by Sketch Along Nova Scotia's South Shore, and is currently working on Hand Drawn Vancouver. She is thrilled to lend her drawing skills to EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street.