I have a special place in my heart for children’s books. I loved them as a child, I read them to my children, and I hope one day to read them to my grandchildren.
Two lovely books have graced my mailbox recently, and I wanted to share them with you.
Messy Tessy by Leah Orr
Illustrated by Josephine Lepore
Tessy is a pretty little girl who loves to play. When her babysitter, Aunt Fran, falls asleep on the couch, Tessy has a full day of fun and being messy. She writes on the walls, cuts her doll’s hair, and ends up with peas in her hair. When Aunt Fran wakes up, the two scramble to clean the house before Mama gets home. Lesson learned – clean up your messes!
Author Leah Orr presents a sweet little tale with an enjoyable lesson, with delightful illustrations by her mother, Josephine Lepore. Orr’s own three little girls also contributed to the story making this charming book truly a family affair. Children will love the bright pictures and the antics Tessy gets into. Parents will love the lesson of cleaning up and being responsible for one’s belongings.
A portion of the proceeds from “Messy Tessy” have been earmarked to go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This is a special project for Orr, as her daughter Ashley is affected by this disease.
For more information on “Messy Tessy” or Orr’s other two children’s books, check out her website at http://www.leahorr.com/ The book is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com
Aurora of the Northern Lights
By Holly Hardin
Illustrated by Donald Vanderbeek
Just in time for the upcoming holidays comes a lovely book, “Aurora of the Northern Lights” by Holly Hardin.
Sweet little Aurora has lost her parents and must find the land of her kin. As the little elfin girl wanders through the forest, she meets a variety of unusual folk, but none will accept her as one of their own. It’s not until she reaches the land of the dancing Northern Lights that Aurora encounters a famous red-suited man and her long lost family.
Holly Hardin delivers a delightfully rhymed tale of acceptance and tolerance with this sweet story. The pastel illustrations by Donald Vanderbeek are just spectacular, giving an otherworldly air to the story. Children will adore this book.
For more information on “Aurora of the Northern Lights” and Holly Hardin, check out her website at http://www.hollyhardin.net/. Be sure to watch the delightful trailer for the book there!