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Once upon a time, I was an architect. But now I'd much rather build worlds in books — picture books like Blue Chicken and The Story of Fish & Snail . My most recent books are Shy and This House, Once , CARL and The Meaning of Life , Is Was . And—brand new— Tiny Dino , April, 2022.

I love reading books; I hate rating them! Let's just say that if I didn't like a book, it isn't here at all.

Website: www.deborahfreedman.net
Twitter: @DeborahFreedman
Facebook: Deborah Freedman, Author & Illustrator
Instagram: @FreedmanIllustrates

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Average rating: 3.95 · 9,623 ratings · 1,792 reviews · 13 distinct worksSimilar authors
Blue Chicken

3.78 avg rating — 2,096 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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The Story of Fish and Snail

3.87 avg rating — 1,741 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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Carl and the Meaning of Life

4.21 avg rating — 1,218 ratings — published 2019 — 7 editions
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Shy

3.89 avg rating — 1,079 ratings — published 2016 — 6 editions
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This House, Once

3.86 avg rating — 1,079 ratings — published 2017 — 4 editions
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By Mouse and Frog

3.94 avg rating — 760 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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Is Was

3.58 avg rating — 368 ratings — published 2021 — 3 editions
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Scribble

3.61 avg rating — 164 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
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Tiny Dino

4.07 avg rating — 120 ratings — published 2022 — 2 editions
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Carl and the Meaning of Life]

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Hello, Writers' Rumpus!

New interview alert!

Many thanks to Writer’s Rumpus for hosting me and to writer René Bartos for this wide-ranging chat — about inspiration, my writing & illustrating process, and finding a community. Hope you will take a look!

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“This door was once a colossal oak tree about three hugs around and as high as the blue.”
Deborah Freedman, This House, Once

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“...what I write is smarter than I am. Because I can rewrite it.”
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“You can keep your willpower, Frog. I am going home to bake a cake.”
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“What I really do is take real plums and put them in an imaginary cake.”
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“I had hardly begun to read
I asked how can you ever be sure
that what you write is really
any good at all and he said you can't
you can't you can never be sure
you die without knowing
whether anything you wrote was any good
if you have to be sure don't write”
W.S. Merwin, Opening the Hand: Poems




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Deborah I'm glad you found me too — I am a shameless book nerd and love to connect with others who like to book-talk, especially about children's books!

Sandra wrote: "Thanks for friending me! I feel so honored! I'm so glad I found you on Twitter and I can't wait to read Blue Chicken and Scribble! :)"


Sandra Thanks for friending me! I feel so honored! I'm so glad I found you on Twitter and I can't wait to read Blue Chicken and Scribble! :)


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