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Advertising Design Student Creates Children's Book

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Talented Teen Artist Pens Delightful Children's Book: Tony and the Lively Garden

In a world where creativity knows no bounds, young minds often find innovative ways to express themselves. For North Montco Technical Career Center high school senior Leah Monastra, her artistic journey has culminated into a children's book titled Tony and the Lively Garden. This charming tale invites readers into a world of insects, brought to life by Leah's vivid imagination and artistic prowess.

From a young age, Leah had a penchant for drawing insects. Encouraged by those around her, she embarked on a senior project for her Advertising Design Honors class that would combine her passion for art with science. Thus, Tony and the Lively Garden was born. Drawing inspiration from her love for nature and her artistic journey since the age of 12, Leah crafted a story that captivates young readers.

Navigating the intricate process of creating a children's book posed its challenges for Leah. Balancing the pacing of the storyline with age-appropriate content required patience and dedication. Yet, with determination and a keen eye, Leah successfully brought her vision to life.

Leah's artistic journey has been one of continuous growth and exploration. From taking a computer art class in 9th grade to attending North Montco Technical Career Center’s Advertising Design program, she has consistently pursued her passion for art. Now, as she prepares to graduate, Leah sets her sights on furthering her education in Environmental Science at Delaware Valley University. Her goal? To merge her artistic talents with a focus on conservation, weaving together science and nature in meaningful ways.

For aspiring artists and storytellers, Leah offers valuable advice: persistence and patience are key. Whether embarking on the Advertising Design program or diving into the world of illustration, steadfast determination is the cornerstone of success.

Leah will be showcasing her work at Souderton Area High School's Art and Soul Fest on March 16, from 6-9 pm. Attendees will have the chance to purchase signed copies of Tony and the Lively Garden, a delightful addition to any child's bookshelf.

You can also meet Leah at North Montco Technical Career Center during the annual Senior Project Expo on May 9, 2024 where the high school seniors display their portfolios, resumes and projects related to their technical programs.

To learn more about North Montco Technical Career Center’s Advertising Design program and for further details about the Senior Project Expo visit