Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. She usually writes at her kitchen table, early morning while the kettle hums or in her car, while she waits for her children to come out from school. “When I write, I write,” she usually says. When she’s not writing she likes to read, listen to music, dance and bake.
One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat's home.
This Romanian born writer is living happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a different world as we know it today. In grew up in Romania, during the communist regime, but that didn't impediment my upbringing. I had a wonderful childhood and I felt safe and loved. We had to read a lot during school time AND during holidays back then. I remember what looked like never-ending lists of Romanian authors and works. But you know what, I am happy I read them and I think that now, looking back, I value those "to read" assignments. There were great books I'm glad I read, great authors with a flare for narrative and building dialogue, humorous stories, but there was drama and mostly an all-round Romanian taste to it. I get the same "home" feeling now, whenever I read in my native tongue, Ionel Teodoreanu, Mihai Eminescu, Eugene Ionesco and Emil Cioran, Mircea Eliade or Mircea Cartarescu. When I grew up there was severe censorship on the written word. I grew-up considering writers to be really heroic people. Back then writers could easily place themselves in the wrong place, at the wrong time with their work. *smile*
When did you first start writing?
I used to write a lot during college. I remember once entering a playwriting competition. And I never stopped writing. But when I grew up writing would have hardly put food on the table. That’s why I studied Medicine; I have a degree in Dentistry.
This charming story will teach your little one that friendship means being there for each other during happy days but also during rainy ones. If you wish with all your might and think well, you will find a way to cheer up your sad friend. Be there for a friend in need, or one for all and all for one! A fun read. ”Happy Friends (Series) is a treasure to be enjoyed and shared over and over again."
This story is about making friends. You don't have to look too far to find a new friend; have a good look around you as friends come in all shapes and sizes. A classic story “ to charm and to teach young readers the value of life and the value of good friends.” What would Wind and Lizard see when watching the shadows formed on the earth below? Have a good laugh with your child while finding out!
A book for snow lovers! If you’ve never experienced snowflakes, this book will show you how it is! Little Tail, the adventurous dog went far and away looking for Snow. What else will he find in the frosty forest?
Beautiful color drawings to captivate your young child. Lovable characters help engage your kid and sustain interest.
Happy endings, sweet dreams. For quality time with your child.
Be brave, no matter how small you are, and have the courage to pursue your dreams for you will be sure to discover new and exciting places. And even make a friend or two along the way! “Makes you wish you were there to join Little Tail in his fun with the snow.” "The experience in the snow contains excellent descriptive writing."
Promises at least a smile per page, why don't you find it? For all.
When you see the best in every situation something magical can happen: you make new friends and discover that clouds do taste like ice-cream! Pete is an ordinary elephant with an EXTRA-ordinary gift. But he is alone in a forest where he suddenly found himself, one rainy afternoon. How he got there and will he remain alone forever and ever? Promises a smile per page. A 5 Stars Reader's Favorite.
Pets bring happiness and humor into our lives. They lighten our day-to-day burdens and they lift our spirits, often teaching our children empathy in a silent and unquestionable way. But what happens to those pets that are often abandoned? Wouldn’t it be nice to know that someone is standing up for them? Rescuing them, protecting them?
Someone is. They are the secret members of “The Organization”, especially its Australian Division. They are Astro, Rocky, Stella, Digger, Indy and Alfie and they are back in the 12th book of the “Astro’s Adventures” series by Susan Day, to rescue and protect animals in need.
Only that this time they are thrown into the adventure and, to honor a deal, they have to rescue a most peculiar pet, King Leprechaun’s favorite pet… a C.A.T! This precious feline with special powers has been stolen by someone in the Hunted Woods. Things get complicated and quite dangerous for our hero dogs as they have to go in a scavenger hunt while, at the same time, someone else is after the King Leprechaun’s reward!
The story flows easily and is packed with adventure, humor and even technology! Let’s not forget, these dogs are no ordinary dogs, but members of a rescue organization.
“The Lucky Leprechaun” is a good blend of reading and the love for animals. This book is great for a parent to read-aloud to a young child as well as for a confident reader to enjoy on his own.
Thank you, Susan Day, for donating the proceeds from the sale of this book series towards animal welfare shelters. What a great way to raise compassionate readers!