Eugene Schwartz- A very powerful quote

Wow, it is March in Maine and although there is still a bunch of snow on the ground, I am happy to be infused with these longer days of light. We are a family of artists and readers. The kids are doing paintings of foxes and penguins tonight and we read about 4 books before bed time. I have only just begun the promotion of The Yellow Coat and I am already thinking about my next book. I hope it will be as beautiful.

I am so grateful to Eugene Schwartz for writing this beautiful and genuine quote for my book. He greatly appreciates my story, which is everybody’s story, and the feeling I have captured. Of course the paintings them selves tell the story in their own way. Thank You.

Please visit and be inspired.

“RudoIph Steiner spoke about the child’s model body. By this he meant a body that is “lent” by the parents to the child for the first 7 to 9 years of his life. In the past, childhood illnesses like measles and mumps etc. would break down this model body, following which the child would emerge into his own skin as a true individual.         

From an anthroposophical point of view, you have captured this phase of a boys life perfectly. And this is an unusual theme for a children’s book. I, for one, am grateful to see this appear in a children’s story.”   – Eugene Schwartz, Educational Consultant,

“In this book Christina Montano has captured the essence of loss and transformation that is such a crucial part of childhood. Like a butterfly, the story’s little boy protagonist must experience the falling-away of his early childhood to re-emerge like a butterfly from a chrysalis. The delightful illustrations tell their own story even as the narrative moves forward. Altogether this is a perfect tale for a child facing the certainty of growth amidst the uncertainties of modern life.”   –Eugene Schwartz,  Educational Consultant,


Blue Hill Library Reading

Blue Hill Maine. August 25, 2012

My first reading of The Yellow Coat was well received. The dappled sunlight filtering through the leaves of a big overarching birch tree, which our gathering sat beneath, in the garden, added texture to the already blissfully blue sky day.   Children who attended and their parents and grand-parents alike all enjoyed the story. Everyone joined in on  the brief discussion we had after the reading. We spoke about the items in our lives which we love, and want to hold onto.  The illustrator Ade van Duyn was present to answer questions about the illustrations and her specific art techniques.We were server butterfly crackers with cheese and veggies and the children were able to draw and color their favorite items.

Gratitude and thanks to all of those who came out to support me.