Bangor author’s new children’s book blends historical facts and creative fiction
Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs' new children's book "Therese Makes a Tapestry" blends historical facts and creative fiction to produce a really engaging tale.
The storey takes the reader back to the Gobelins Manufactory in 17th century Paris, where young Therese lives with her family engaged in winding yarns for artisans to apply in tapestries.
With a dream to become a royal weaver someday, the young girl learns, at her home, how to weave on a small loom. She embarks on a plan to weave a special, intricate tapestry for her father. She gets help from all over the manufactory to realize her plan.
The vibrant imagery and detailed story, illustrated by award-winning artist Renee Graef, simply draw readers into the fascinating story, delighting them with surprises.
Hinrichs, the book's Bangor-based author, said, "Therese is fictional, however it's based on a lot of history … The manufactory is a real place, even today. What really led me to set the story there was when I learned that the weavers and the artists and their families lived on site. I just thought what a cool place to grow up."
The book's formal launch is scheduled for 1 p. m. to 3 p. m. on Saturday, March 12, at The Briar Patch on Central Street in Bangor. During the launch event, Hinrichs will share her views about the writing process as well as sign books.
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