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Do fairies really dance within fairy rings on moonlit nights? Amber, the mushroom, doesn’t seem to know. But she does know that she hates her ordinary-looking mushroom cap. She sets out to express her individuality but soon discovers much more about her fairy ring mushroom colony and about herself. The Mushroom’s Other Hat draws from legend to become a new fairytale that rejoices in individuality, as well as belonging.

For children aged 4 to 8. 

Kirkus Reviewed The Mushroom’s Other Hat: “The book’s message, about finding an inner gift, comes through strongly… Taiani’s painterly illustrations have a whimsical tone, perfect for the fairy-story setting…Young readers will identify with Amber’s desires in this tale and have fun imagining what she might create next.”  Kirkus Reviews

My fellow author & friend, Hank Quense, interviewed me about my new book. Interview with Hank Quense

“The Mushroom’s Other Hat” is Now available at Amazon! 

If you are a mushroom lover, you’re surely aware of the diversity of mushrooms.

I enjoy seeing the different varieties that spring up in the woods, mostly after rain.

I’m currently working on a new/old story – “The Mushroom’s Other Hat.”  New because I’m updating the pictures and planning to publish.  Old because the story was conceived decades ago. 

mishmish-front-coverMishMish: Spy Cat is available on Amazon.com. A picture book for children, or anyone who has lived with a cat


believing artists’ only choices were to become bohemians or teachers, I chose to major in mathematics at college, attending art school only after graduation. I can’t remember when I began drawing. Yet, with parents who believed art could only be a hobby and I my naiveté in

My lifelong love of art evolved into acrylic and watercolor paintings as well as some sculpture. My work is representational and always inspired by the natural world. Except, perhaps for the many children’s wall murals painted for private clients. I love to paint on walls! Empty walls call to me!

With the support of the Montclair Write Group I’ve written a memoir, Healing Father John: A Journey of Contrariness, Connection and Change.  Joining my writing and painting together, I’ve illustrated books several for young children, A Night of Power: A Ramadan Story, MishMish: Spy Cat, and coming soon, The Mushroom’s Other Hat. 

MishMish: Spy Cat is alive on Amazon.com. Learn more about the book here.

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