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Fun at the St. Pius Spring Craft Show

Updated: Mar 17, 2023

By Linda Wilson @LinWilsonauthor

Saturday, April 30th, was a day to sell books with fellow children's authors at the St. Pius Spring Craft Show. It was a fundraiser for the St. Pius athletic department.

I love meeting readers in person, and seeing children enjoy the colorful illustrations in A Packrat's Holiday: Thistletoe's Gift, illustrated by Nancy Batra, and Tall Boots, illustrated by 1000 Storybooks. Thistletoe, an adorable packrat who lives in the desert Southwest, must find a way to fill Mama Packrat's empty cupboards so the packrat family can have a holiday feast. Thistletoe's desire to give this thoughtful gift to his mama will touch young readers' hearts.

Ashley hates the red rubber galoshes she must wear while taking riding lessons with the 4-H. When she enters a 4-H horse show, she is determined to prove to her mother that she's serious about riding. But what she did to earn her shiny, black, tall riding boots was totally unexpected. Young children will find out what it means to have true grit while going toward a goal, and how rewarding it is to reap the rewards. young readers can think about their own goals and feel what it is like to reach inside themselves for the courage to attain their their deepest desire. All they need to do is make a sincere effort.

In Waddles the Duck: Hey, Wait for Me!, Waddles, a mallard ducking, peeked out of his shell. His brothers and sisters were already following their mama across the grass to their neighbor’s pool. Last to reach the water, last to find food, last to find safety at the nearby pond, Waddles hurried to catch up: Hey, wait for me!

Waddles’ story is inspired by a duck family who came to live in our family pool in Centerville, Ohio.

Many readers will identify with Waddles. Though he is last at everything, in the end Waddles does find a way to catch up. He. is a funny duckling who is as lovable as he is entertaining. At the end of the book, readers are encouraged to learn about mallard ducks and to feed waterfowl—and all wild animals—a natural diet.

Photo: Courtesy of a family whose daughter enjoys reading Tall Boots.

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