Elisa Kleven in her San Francisco Bay Area studio.
Elisa Kleven has created magical, fantastic worlds for children to explore in her acclaimed picture books including such gems as The Paper Princess, The Lion and The Little Red Bird, Welcome Home, Mouse, and A Carousel Tale. An author and illustrator, she employs an unusual mixed-media technique of watercolor, collage and illustration to create her fantasy landscapes. Her most recent titles include The Friendship Wish and One Little Chicken. The Friendship Wish tells the story of lonely dog named Farley who dreams of an angel and enlists his “friends” to help him find her when he awakes. For One Little Chicken, Kleven returned to her Russian-Jewish roots to illustrate this folktale about a little girl named Leora who finds a chicken and wants to keep it, but her parents insist on keeping it only until its rightful owner returns. Although Jewish law dictates that “finders aren’t keepers,” this delightful tale is a great lesson on generosity. Kleven lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, daughter, son, and various animal friends.