Hey everyone! I’m taking my dandelion show on the road this Saturday, October 18th, to the Barnes & Noble in Stamford, CT. The fun starts at 11am. I’ll be reading my book, THE DANDELION’S TALE, along with my little bird and flower helpers (aka, my daughters). We’ll have giveaways and snacks for the kiddies. This B&N is part of the Stamford Mall, so the parents can shop and dine after the reading. Hope to see you there!
I just saw that my publisher, Schwartz & Wade, have a site where you can see the covers and selected pages of each of their books. Now, I thought that was cool enough. If someone is looking for a book for their child, this is the perfect place to go shopping without leaving the comfort of their chair, couch or bed.
Even better, I noticed that the banner for the page is from my book, The Dandelion’s Tale. Well, that just made my day!
Stop by the page and see all of the absolutely wonderful books and worlds that Schwartz & Wade has to offer.
JP has decorated his summer journal and is ready to record our adventures (here’s hoping his motivation extends past the first week). Many of these adventures will take us into nature, where there are always metaphors to be discovered about life. Take, for example, our vegetable garden: each morning we wake to budding strawberries, and each evening we return to discover that they have been devoured by the squirrels and cardinals (how dare the latter betray me after I sung their praises right here?!). There’s a lesson somewhere in there about patience and not expecting to get things right the first time. And so we return to bed with renewed hope.
The Dandelion’s Tale (Ages 4-8), a new picture book by Kevin Sheehan and Rob Dunlavey, offers us another metaphor, this one about the fleeting, cyclical nature of life. This gem of a book takes what can be a…
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This past weekend I had a book signing at my local Barnes & Noble (thank you Kelly for all you do for me!). I decided to do a little something different. Come on, I’ll show you.
I pulled up to the store with my family. As always, I was thrilled to see posters about my books in the window. Talk about dreams come true. You spend so much time reading and writing and wishing, seeing your name in a book store window and on the cover of a book never grows old.
To gear up for story time, I did a little practice run. This time last year, I didn’t need glasses to read. Those days are over! Funny how the angle of the picture makes the book look HUGE.
I asked everyone who came by my table to help build a dandelion. Kids had fun sticking the dandelion’s seedpods everywhere they could. I have to admit, they did a pretty good job.
After story time, we all sat down and started drawing and coloring. I have some pretty nice artwork to share. Thank you to the kids who took the time to show us what incredible artists they are!
Every writer dreams not only of getting their book published, but someday having that book reviewed in the NY Times (right next to being spotlighted by Oprah!). I almost fell off my chair when my publisher forwarded me the review for The Dandelion’s Tale in a recent issue of the Times.
It was short and sweet, but most important of all, a great review! Here’s what they said :
“The pale blue skies and grassy meadows of “The Dandelion’s Tale” beautifully convey springtime’s promise of renewal. One little dandelion, however, has lost all but 10 of her fuzzy white seed pods, and fears she will soon be forgotten. A kind sparrow listens to her happy memories and makes sure they are passed along to the next generation. Obvious analogies to the human life cycle make this lovely-to-look-at, old fashioned tale a little sad and a little sweet, like the best goodbyes.”
Don’t think my feet have touched the floor since I read this. Thank you to everyone who has read the book and passed along your kind words!
Here’s a link to the Sunday Book Review.
Thank you to the staff of Womrath’s Bookstore in Bronxville, NY for being the perfect hosts for this past weekend’s book signing. This was the big local signing that a lot of my peeps (aka friends and family) were looking forward to attending.
There was only one drawback. It was an absolutely beautiful, warm day – the first since fall began! The normally bustling town was much quieter than usual. We writers love rain! Rain drives people to bookstores.
My peeps came, bought lots o books, and made it a very special day. As the guys from Ghost Hunters say at the end of every episode, “On to the next!”
I wanted to share some pics from the event. Hope you can be in the future ones!