Jillian Jiggs has ratings and 50 reviews. Monique said: Read as part of the Young Adult Quarterly Challenge #21 (March 1-May 31, ) – children’s. No one can keep up with Jillian Jiggs. With boundless energy and imagination, Jillian rushes from game to game. One minute she’s a robot, the next minute. A Treasury of Jillian Jiggs Canadian Title. By Phoebe Gilman. Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN Hardcover Pages | ” x ” | Ages 3 to.

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Phoebe Gilman April 4, — August 29, was a Canadian-American children’s book author and illustrator. Her books were notable for their strong lead female characters. Her book Something from Nothingadapted from an old Yiddish tale, won the Ruth Schwartz Award for best children’s book, and was later adapted for television.

Born in The BronxNew Yorkwhere she lived her first years, [1] she later lived in EuropeIsraeland finally settled in Canada in Her father was a textile worker originally and loved photography.


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Gilman cited her mother as the inspiration for her love of books, and she was an avid reader all her life.

After joggs she travelled to Europe, where she lived in Rome for a short period before moving to Jullian, where she made a living making and selling paintings. She visited Montreal on her return to North America in the early s before settling in Toronto, where millian met her future husband Brian Bender, whom she married in Gilman taught for fifteen years at the Ontario College of Art.

Gilman recalled that seeing a balloon popped on a tree branch inspired her to write a story about a tree which grew balloons for fruit for her daughter Ingrid.

She recalled spending ten years working on The Balloon Tree.

Phoebe Gilman – Wikipedia

Her stories often changed in development, for example Grandma and the Pirates started out as ” Grandma’s Chocolate Chicken. She cheered herself up by inserting subtexts or references to older works in newer stories; for instance, a tiny copy of The Balloon Tree can be seen on the table in an illustration in Jillian Jiggs.


Gilman’s books were notable for their strong female lead characters. Phoebe Gilman died of leukemia in a Toronto hospital at age 62, two years after recovering from breast cancer. She was survived by her husband, Brian Bender, and three children, and two grandchildren.

During her illness, she completed her last works, Jillian Jiggs jigys the Great Big Snow and The Blue Hippopotamusthough was unable to illustrate the latter work due to illness. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 21 March The Globe and Mail. The ultimate guide to classroom publishing.

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