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Megan Montague Cash Biography - Personal, Career, Writings, Sidelights

sea makes seasons designer

Female.

Career

Commercial artist and designer. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, card designer; illustrator for children's museums; designer of "Things I Know Tot Tower," for eeBoo toys.

Writings

SELF-ILLUSTRATED

I Saw the Sea and the Sea Saw Me, Viking (New York, NY), 2001.

What Makes the Seasons?, Viking (New York, NY), 2003.

Contributing editor, Nick Jr. family magazine.

Sidelights

Commercial artist and designer Megan Montague Cash is the author of the children's picture books I Saw the Sea and the Sea Saw Me and What Makes the Seasons?, both of which she has also illustrated. Reviewing I Saw the Sea and the Sea Saw Me, Booklist contributor GraceAnne A. DeCandido praised Cash's art for its "touch of whimsy," and dubbed the book "a summertime story choice for sure."

What Makes the Seasons? introduces young readers to the changing cycle of nature by utilizing a simple rhyming format. Bright and clear illustrations accompany the text, depicting the African-American lead character and her cat. "The bright and vivid illustrations are beautifully drawn and correspond closely to the text," commented School Library Journal reviewer Leanna Manna, who called the book "a good choice for … enticing emergent readers." A Kirkus Reviews critic also enjoyed the illustrations, commenting that Cash's drawings are "delightful—large, bold, and black-lined in basic colors that focus attention."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, June 1, 2001, GraceAnne A. DeCandido, review of I Saw the Sea and the Sea Saw Me, p. 1888; November 1, 2003, Karin Snelson, review of What Makes the Seasons?, p. 498.

Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2003, review of What Makes the Seasons?, p. 1014.

School Library Journal, October, 2003, Leanna Manna, review of What Makes the Seasons?, p. 146.

ONLINE

Megan Cash Web site, http://www.megancash.com (March 19, 2005).

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