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As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She studied at the Boston Museum School and began her career as an illustrator in 1978 with the publication of "Woodland Crossings" (written by Stephen Krensky). Her first entirely self-generated work was "Fritz" "and the" "Beautiful Horses" (1981), and her latest book is "Gingerbread Friends" (Penguin, September 2008). With more than 33 million books in print, her award-winning New York Times best-selling books are known for colorful depictions of a wide variety of animals. This is clearly seen in her wonderful artwork for the 2008 National Book Festival in which birds and animals from many states are represented. She lives in Norwell, Mass.
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