Pewter plate award f#135012

Last year I published an article called ‘Yes, Angels can Fly!’ about the talented Italian Sculptor Daniele Cazzato, which we’ve republished.  (see the article below this one.)

So when I heard from his wife Roberta telling me about her award, I just had to publish it!

Congratulations to you both, and I hope to meet you again in the near future in the lovely Italian town of Bossolasco.

Roberta's Christmas email to me.

Roberta’s Christmas email to me.

Highlights High Five magazine has honored illustrator Roberta Angaramo of Bossolasco (CN), Italy, for her illustration of the verse titled “Empty Shell,” which was published in the April 2014 issue. The work was named “Verse Illustration of the Year 2014” by the editorial, art and production staff.


The verse, written by Marguerite Chase McCue, is about tiny chicks breaking out of their shells and leaving the shells behind as they leave the nest.


Christine Cully, Highlights for Children Editor in Chief, says that illustrators like Roberta “help us achieve our objective of bringing the most imaginative and original works to our readers.” In recognition of the achievement, she received an eight-inch pewter plate engraved with her name, the title of the winning work, and the issue in which it appeared. The pewter plates are handcrafted in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, the home of Highlights since its beginning in 1946.


“I was particularly inspired by the beautiful text and characters,” Roberta said. “I love drawing animals. Chicks and birds are my favorite. They are so cute!”


Roberta lives and works in Bossolasco with her husband Daniele and their cats, Apo and Momo.

She graduated from Artistic High School in Cuneo and attended European Institute of Design in Turin. Afterwards, she studied painting with the artist Francesco Preverino and attended courses in illustration at the International School of Illustration in Sarmede.


In 1997, her illustrations for the book Notte da Favola won first prize in the UNICEF International Contest “Cittá di Chioggia” and were published by Associazione Teatrio. Since then, she has been working as an illustrator of children’s books, with more than 40 books now published by major publishing houses all over the world. Her work has been published in Italy, the United States, China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Greece, Brazil, and Finland.


In addition to Highlights High Five magazine in the United States, Roberta has done illustrations for Ladybug magazine, published by Carus Publishing, as well as Giulio Coniglio, published by Panini Editore. She has participated in numerous exhibitions of her work in a number of countries.


Devoted to “Fun with a Purpose,” family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc., ( has helped children become their best selves for generations. In addition to the flagship magazine, Highlights, the company’s other offerings include a preschool magazine (High Five), a bilingual preschool magazine (High Five Bilingüe), an infant magazine (Highlights Hello), a children’s book company (Boyds Mills Press / Highlights Press), puzzle book clubs, and a variety of digital products.

For details of visiting Bossolasco, see the bottom of  the following article Yes, Angels Can Fly!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.