"Once again, Janeen Mason's exuberant design and color sense dazzles the eye."
-Henry Cole, author and illustrator, A Nest for Celeste
"Gift of the Magpie is an unusual tale of love, acceptance, and . . . shoes. The bright, colorful illustrations perfectly complement this story that will take hold of your heart and then take flight."
-Donna Gephart, author, Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen, and winner of the 2009 Sid Fleischman Humor Award
"No matter your chronological age, Janeen Mason's new book will surely charm your inner child. This endearing story is made even more magical with its rich illustrations for which this gifted children's writer is well known."
-Molly Charland, managing director, libraries and education, the Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida
"A gifted storyteller and talented illustrator, Janeen Mason hits new heights with her heartwarming tale of true love and a very amusing shoe obsession."
-Marilyn Bauer, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
"Imaginative, surprising, and quite romantic, this book is a real celebration of the friends who love you, quirks and all. Gift of the Magpie is a shoe-in for every 'best' list of children's books."
-Pat Cummings, author, Harvey Moon, Museum Boy
Max adores Regina and only wants to make her happy. So instead of scouring for food like the rest of the magpies, Max swoops through the sky with Regina in search of the perfect shoe for building a nest. She dreams about beaded blue espadrilles and delicate doll slippers, but when Max embarrasses her with a clunky basketball sneaker, Regina takes flight.
Brokenhearted, Max leaves to join a different flock, and Regina worries that he is gone for good. Will the two lonely magpies ever reunite? Complete with vibrant artwork, saturated with background shades of reds and pinks, this sweet love story will warm hearts of all ages.
Janeen Mason is the secretary of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, a former illustrator coordinator for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Florida, and a popular presenter at schools and conferences. A one-woman exhibit featuring the work from her children's picture books traveled throughout museums in Florida and was even displayed in the gallery of the State Capitol in Tallahassee.
In addition to illustrating The World's Greatest Explorer; Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter; Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane; The Pirate, Pink; and Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef, she is the author and illustrator of Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles, for which she received the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, and Ocean Commotion: Life on the Reef, all published by Pelican. Mason resides in Stuart, Florida.