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    About our Author
    Alvin Silverstein
    Alvin Silverstein grew up in Brooklyn, the youngest son of an immigrant family who emphasized hard work and education. After graduating from Brooklyn College, he went to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he got a Master's degree in chemistry and met his wife, author Virginia Silverstein. He got his Ph.D. at NYU while teaching at the College of Staten Island. He ultimately became a Professor of Biology there and also Director of the Physician Assistant program, while coauthoring books with his wife and, later, two of their children as well.  In 1971 they realized their long-time dream of moving to a "house in the country," in rural New Jersey.
    4 questions for Alvin Silverstein
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    The Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    Paul de Kruif (I recently reread The Microbe Hunters and was surprised at how well it still reads); Al Gore (I'm currently reading Our Choice); Kate Elliott (now that I'm retired from teaching, I'm rediscovering the pleasures of fiction, but also avidly following the latest developments in the fields of global warming and alternative energy sources)
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    I wanted to write about science and medicine in a simple and interesting way, much like my lectures at the College.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Try to develop something that will make you stand out from the crowd when you submit your work to publishers – such as unusual life experiences and/or a background of knowledge in a specialized field. And don't give up! After our first science book was accepted, we had 23 straight rejections, but after that we had three manuscripts accepted within a few weeks.