Book cover: Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids

Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas, First Edition

With its simple prose, handsome layout and hands-on approach, Thorne-Thomsen's biography/activity book is an unusually effective art book for children. The influences of Frank Lloyd Wright's (1867–1959) Wisconsin childhood—nature, music and close family ties—come to life in the author's sympathetically told anecdotes. Extensive accounts of masterpieces like the Robie House, Hollyhock House, and Fallingwater give heft to a comprehensive overview of the architect's career, which candidly notes his frequent trouble finding work. Twenty-one projects, ranging from making a plaster model textile block to preparing oatmeal (a Wright favorite), comprise the book's second half and nicely complement the portrait of a compelling artist. The edible graham-cracker-and-icing model of Fallingwater is priceless. Ages 8–up.—Publisher's Weekly, April 18, 1994

Book cover: Greene & Greene for Kids

Greene & Greene for Kids

Thorne-Thomsen's book works on every level. It is deeply interesting, filled with challenging projects and—best of all—it treats children like small but intelligent humans. Those who aspire to write non-fiction for children could learn a lot from this author.
—Januarymagazine.com, Best of 2004 list


Thorne-Thomsen presents the history, culture, and art of Greene and Greene through clear descriptions, fun activities, and lots of pictures. She has brought the Arts & Crafts movement to life. A visual masterpiece.
—School Library Journal

Book cover: The Way Pasadena Was

The Way Pasadena Was

Congratulations to the Pasadena Museum of History, which was recently awarded an honorable mention in the American Association of Museum's Publications Design Competition for The Way Pasadena Was. This children’s book, written by local author Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen, was designed to complement the museum’s new educational program, “A Child’s Life,” which explores daily life in turn-of-the-century Pasadena (the twentieth century, that is). This slender volume also stands beautifully on its own. The Way Pasadena Was is a quick read, lavishly illustrated with historic photographs and pictures of artifacts from the museum’s archives as well as from other collections. It is a delight for the eyes and the imagination.
—Edline, a Museum Educators of Southern California publication