Friday, January 8, 2010

Liana Metal - VBT visit

Each month, members of VBT - Writers on the Move posts about another writer in the group. This month, I'm a day late due to those pesky life problems, but my visitor is Liana Metal.

Liana lives in Greece, on the small island of Corfu. She's an artist, teacher (MA Applied Linguistics) and freelance journalist, writing articles about travel, lifestyle, and food.

Her books focus on nature and on children's problems, such as low self-esteem and friendship issues.

The book I want to discuss is The White Snail, a bilingual book for youngsters, also illustrated by her.

The book is paperback and 34 pages. It can be found on Lulu, or through her website: Liana Metal.

The White Snail
Written and illustrated by Iliana Metallinou aka Liana Metal.

The White Snail includes an exciting story and educational material appropriate for young readers. It is the first of a series of books that aims to encourage children to read stories, while at the same time learn about nature. At the end of each book there are educational activities.

The White Snail’s basic theme is self-esteem that develops from early childhood. The hero of this story believes that he is not equal to the other snails just because he is different. This story is about the differences among people or peoples generally. It caters not only to young kids but also to adults, parents and teachers.

This series also aims to highlight some of the small miracles of nature that we usually take for granted. The White Snail encourages the reader to notice snails closely and learn some facts about them via the educational activity at the end of the book.

This book can be read both in Greek and English. Thus, it caters to Foreign Language education as well as to readers all over the world.

Liana seems such an interesting person and writer. I hope people will visit her website and discover more about her and her books.



Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Teaching children about self-esteem and nature through picture books is wonderful. Children need to learn self-worth and it needs to be developed early on.

Great endeavor, Liana!


Nancy Famolari said...

Liana's books are great!

Good post, Vivian

Vivian Zabel said...

I'm sorry I didn't get this posted yesterday as scheduled, but I did have it ready.

Liana is an amazing woman.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Liana, I love your idea of a bilingual book in Greek and English. So many English words are borrowed from the Greek, I can't see why any parent wouldn't want their children to be exposed to this--so they could discuss how we still use Greek, both words and letters, etc.
BTW, I'll be in Greece soon Only for a day or two. And unfortunately, not Corfu.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Tweeting writing tips @frugalbookpromo

Debra Eckerling said...

What an amazing concept! Thanks, Liana. And thanks for the fabulous post, Vivian!


Vivian Zabel said...

Thank you, everyone, for your comments. Also, thanks to those who retweeted.

Marvin D Wilson said...

Love what Liana does with her books for children. Enjoyed the whole post - it was a pleasure to host her on my blog a few months ago, too. :)

The Old Silly

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for this thoughtful post. I retweeted!

Martha said...

I love the concept! Wonderful interview. It was nice learning more about you, Liana.

Martha Swirzinski

Brigitte Thompson said...

What a great idea Liana!

Heidiwriter said...

Great idea for a children's book! And congrats on multi-lingual publication.

Dallas said...

Liana, I love what you are doing! Keep up the great work!!

Magdalena Ball said...

The White Snail sounds wonderful - well done Liana, and so nice to see what you've been up to lately (send me an ebook for review at Preschool Entertainment if you want).

Helena Harper said...

This whole series of books is delightful! Liana, you are such a talented person - artist, writer, linguist - is there anything you don't do? Your books deserve to reach a wide audience!


Margaret Fieland said...

So nice to learn more about Liana. Thanks for the interesting post.

Margaret Fieland

Liana said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful post! I am sorry I was late - I missed online contact for some time-I am back now.

Liana said...

A huge thank you to all in here, for your comments! I appreciate your visiting, I will try to visit you as well, to catch up...
Thanks again,

Vivian Zabel said...

I'm glad you could stop by, Liana. Many are interested in you and your writing.

Not having Internet connection can be a huge pain.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Congratulations and all the best for future creations!