When Jan Dalrymple graduated from the University of Washington in 1969 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and an Interior Design Major she went right to work. She entered the architectural field focusing in on space planning and interior design. Her marriage to architect Bob Dalrymple and then the birth of her only son never stopped her from pursuing her career. What having a family did however was give her an outlet for the stories that were constantly spinning around in her very active imagination. There was never time to right the stories down as she told them first to her son and much later to her grandchildren but they were a welcome relief from her very demanding career. Then one day The Story of Hanukkah Howie popped into her head. She had to write it down. It was time to share the experience of her Hanukkah celebrations. It was time to commemorate the very giving nature of her father. It was time to bring her story to a much larger audience. From her home in Seattle, Washington, Jan plans on continuing to tell of Howie’s adventures.
Books by Jan:
The Story of Hanukkah Howie
Illustrated by Bob Dalrymple
There exists amongst us a guy named Howie, who from the time of his birth has had very strange spiked hair, but only during the eight days of Hanukkah. Each day a new spike appears until on the eighth day there are nine spikes in all – “four at right, four at left, one in center so tall.” Strangely, Howie’s hair strongly resembles a menorah. Howie and his parents struggle with his peculiar hair as they try to conceal it, but nothing makes it go away. Then finally, one day, Howie finds out that his hair is quite magical and that he is destined to bring hope and joy at Hanukkah.