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Sylvia Lieberman

"Grandma Sylvia"


Sylvia Lieberman (‘Grandma Sylvia’) is a native New Yorker who has long been devoted to nurturing and educating children. As a mother herself, she was a leader of Brownie and Girl Scout troops, as well as class mother and PTA president. A perpetual student, Sylvia has taken courses in such subjects as children’s literature, publicity, journalism, voice-over technique, script writing, Japanese sumi painting, advertising, fashion writing, merchandising, and film seminars at The New School and New York University.

Even when she worked during the day, and donated time to charities, she continued her education in the evening. After raising her daughter, now media psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman, Sylvia was a docent at the Museum of Natural History, guiding groups of schoolchildren around the exhibits. She also volunteered at the Y, teaching kids about such topics as immigration and family values.

Grandma Sylvia knows how to keep children enrapt in a story, while making them smile and think. And though she has touched many youngsters’ lives, her granddaughter is her self-proclaimed #1 fan.

  How Archibald's Swiss Cheese Mountain was Born

Grandma Sylvia wrote Archibald's Swiss Cheese Mountain over 25 years ago, when she was taking a two-year course called, "Writing for the Juvenile Reader", at Queens College in New York City. The professor's assignment was to write a story that would appeal to young children. Imagine Grandma Sylvia's surprise when the manuscript she turned in came back with the professor's words scrawled across the top, "See me after class! This is publishable material!" Although the professor gave her a list of potential publishers, Archibald did not see the light of day until now, because unfortunately, just then, Sylvia's father died and she abandoned her manuscript and her dreams at the same time.

That is, until her granddaughter, Tiffany, came into the world and Grandma started looking for stories to read to her. She suddenly remembered her own manuscript languishing in a drawer. She dusted it off and read it to Tiffany, who kept asking for it to be read and re-read to her until she could read it herself. When Tiffany grew up, she and her mom realized that other children would love Archibald, too. So they decided to share the story and began submitting it for publication, until Archie found a home at Seven Locks Press.

Now, not only is Grandma Sylvia's timeless tale of Archibald's Swiss Cheese Mountain able to benefit children, by a donation of a portion of the proceeds to Feed The Children and Variety The Children's Charity, but it is an inspiration for all people to rediscover their dreams!

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