Illustrator and author. Her favorite medium is watercolor. Her work is exhibited and sold in galleries, published in books, apps, travel notebooks, cards, children’s calendars and magazines.


A Word's a Bird - Press page


A Word's A Bird / Un Mot est un Oiseau

available for the iPad on the App Store

Selected by School Library Journal ( as one of the “Best of Apps & Enhanced Books 2013”

“…brings Caldecott Award-quality to the iPad.”

the iMums (

“What a beautiful new way to present children's poetry using modern technology!”

Kenn Nesbitt, Children’s Poet Laureate (

"A Word's a Bird slows down the frantic speed of most apps for children to fit the slower pace of Nature. The beauty of the illustrations, the meticulous work of the artists, and the interactive play combine to make a wondrous learning experience, a terrific way to expose children to poetry, art and Nature itself.”

— Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001-2003, Billy Collins

"A Word's a Bird is absolutely splendid! Children need poetry more than ever."

— poet Naomi Shihab Nye, NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature winner (

prMac Release (

Teachers With Apps (

“Have you ever lamented the fact that insightful yet accessible poems for children are hard to come by? If yes, then A Word’s a Bird: Spring Flies by in Rhymes may just be the app for you.”

“The hand-painted watercolor illustrations lovingly created by Jeanne B. de Sainte Marie portray a bright and idyllic world of duck ponds, lily pads, and weeping willows.”

School Library Journal (

“Surprises await those who explore these delightful, verdant scenes.”

School Library Journal (

“…the illustrations are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen on the iPad… these poems can be savoured by kids of all ages, as well as adults.”

iStoryTime (

“ …stunning hand-illustrated watercolors are fused with digital technology to create the charming animation.”

Miss Marple’s Musings (

“It's not every day we come across poetry apps, let alone poetry apps that are as polished and as memorable as this one.”

“…this is one of the best-looking and most appealing apps I have seen in a while.”

Geeks with Juniors (

The iPhone Mom (

Momee Friends (

“…seasonal poetry that fills a gap in the type of offerings typically found in the App Store. From toddlers to tweens, this singular digi-book will appeal a wide variety of children.”

Digital Storytime (

The Apple Daily Report (

“De la poésie sur iPad, c’est suffisamment rare pour être remarqué, et remarquable ! Et quel travail d’aquarelle !”

DéclicKids ( )

“Fraiche comme une brise de printemps… chaque poème est superbement illustré.”

VIPad (

“Rares sont les applis contemplatives pour enfants .…travail d’illustration remarquable…L’équilibre réussi entre le texte et l’image.”

APPLI mini (

“…une approche artisanale de haute volée, doublée par un support technologique très fort.”

ActuaLitté (

“Concevoir un livre numérique enrichi en sachant garder le pouvoir des mots et en y alliant de l’interactivité est un véritable défi. C’est le pari réussi des Editions Syntonie avec « Un mot est un oiseau ».”



“La grande force de l’applicatio…repose sur la qualité artistique du travail mis en œuvre ici.”

iPadou (

Le Petit Journal (

Labo de lédition (


Bank Street Blog post (

Jeanne interview with Melissa Buron (

Sarah Towle Blog post (

Sarah Towle video interview with Jeanne (

Bank Street Center For Children’s Literature ( Blog Post

The American Library in Paris (

The Cyber Scene ( )

Bibliothèque Municipale de Saint Léger en Yvelines (



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