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    About our Author
    Virginia Silverstein
    Virginia Silverstein was an only child and grew up in Philadelphia. She majored in chemistry and studied languages in her spare time. She met her husband, author Alvin Silverstein, in the chemistry lab at Penn when she was a senior and he was a graduate student. That led to marriage, six children, nine grandchildren, and more than 200 published books, mainly on science and health topics for children and adults. (Two of their children, Bob and Laura, have coauthored a number of books with them.) Virginia has also worked as a chemist (briefly) and as a translator of Russian science articles and books. She and her husband live in rural New Jersey, in a big old house that has hosted a variety of pets but now includes just one cat (who speaks two words of English but understands a lot more).
    5 questions for Virginia Silverstein
    1.
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and (later) The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
    2.
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    "I'll think about it tomorrow."
    --Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
    3.
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    C. J. Cherryh, Kate Elliott, and Jennifer Fallon (the list changes periodically…)
    4.
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    I've been writing ever since I was seven years old (almost as long as I've been reading).
    5.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Read! Reading widely gives you vocabulary and a feel for how the language is put together.