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GRAMMY NOMINEE WRITES CHILDREN’S BOOK TO TEACH THE “WHYS” BEHIND EARTH CONSERVATION

Yolanda Kondonassis, internationally acclaimed harpist, fills gap in children’s literature with “Our House Is Round”.

CLEVELAND, OH – April 22, 2010, Yolanda Kondonassis, the most recorded harpist in the world (www.YolandaHarp.com), launches another earth-friendly project, her first children’s book titled Our House Is Round: A Kid’s Book About Why Protecting the Earth Matters (www.OurHouseIsRoundOnline.com). Forty-eight fine-art style, hand-painted color illustrations and “kid-friendly” narrative beautifully tell the story. “Writing this book was a ‘must do’. I searched for books to read my seven-year-old daughter explaining the “whys” behind recycling and conserving resources, but I just couldn’t find a simply presented, visually engaging one that helps kids in the K-3 age group understand why they should do all the things we’re teaching them to do for the environment.” explains Kondonassis. San Francisco-based artist Daphne Knox created the book’s colorful illustrations.

“We’re thrilled to be the first school to include Our House Is Round in various classroom settings. It is a natural fit, given Laurel’s commitment to sustainability and to teaching young children about stewardship of the natural environment. The book delivers just the right level of detail and is the perfect length for our students,” explains Rebekah Klar, Director of the Primary Division at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Laurel School, founded in 1896, is a nationally recognized, college preparatory, independent day school for girls, kindergarten through grade 12 (www.laurelschool.org).

Our House Is Round can be purchased at www.OurHouseIsRoundOnline.com, all ARHAUS Furniture locations nationally, and at select bookstores.

 

About Yolanda Kondonassis

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis has appeared all over the world as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician and recently released her fifteenth critically acclaimed recording on the Telarc label. A passionate advocate for the environment, she donates royalties from her Grammy nominated CD, Air (Telarc 80694), to the Environmental Defense Fund and continues to donate royalties from several of her projects to environmental organizations. Founder and Director of Earth at Heart, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting earth awareness through the arts, she uses her unique knowledge in the field of classical music to gather artistic forces in support of earth literacy and conservation.

 

For more information, contact:

Genevieve Spielberg, 908/608-1325 or genevieve@gsiartists.com