Francine and Hazel

Francine and Hazel are woodland fairy sisters. They zip and dip amongst the flowers and trees, spreading pollen with their fluttering wings, wiggle their toes in the dew-swept grass and fly so fast they are unseen by you and me. But they have one problem. Francine only knows how to work, and Hazel only knows how to play! Mother Nature steps in, to teach these little fairy sisters how to solve this dilemma.

Age appropriate for the shorter people, pre-school to third grade. Although, the tall people will have fun reading this too!

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Tell Me A Story Mama

Little Berry & Mama Bear

Little Berry loves the stories Mama Bear tells! She makes it oh so much fun to listen to how all the animals of the forest live and help teach each other about life. Whether it is a bedtime story or a hiking out in the forest story, all are ancient accounts, full of wisdom and lessons, to assist Little Berry to live a happy little bear life.

Wolf is known as the teacher, Blue Heron helps us understand the deeper parts of ourselves and Salmon shows us how to go with the flow. In this chapter book, Little Berry comes to understand how all the woodland animals have a purpose in helping the younger ones learn and grow.

This chapter book is appropriate for ages six to ten, yet anyone reading it will come away with the knowledge of the magic animals teach. The spiritual messages through their appearance in our lives, has been taught in native cultures for centuries. Animals do have an importance mission to remind us how to live.

Reviews of Tell Me A Story Mama: Little Berry & Mama Bear

“Throughout the history of our species, nature has always been our great teacher, providing us with inspiration, life lessons and endless mysteries worthy of our nascent curiosity. In this wonderful collection of stories, Lynne Austin reconnects the modern psyche with such lessons, nurturing the awe and wonder of children through their innate fascination with our fellow animals and the natural world itself. These narratives speak deeply to the human spirit, in adults as well as children. In a world beset by complexity and hyper-stimulation, these stories help us hear, once again, the quiet but wise voices speaking to us across the ages.” - Phillip Sutton Chard, MS, author of The Healing Earth; Nature’s Medicine for the Troubled Soul


“Teaching our children to live simply and authentically in a world that is so often materialistic can prove difficult. Austin captures the heart of what every parent wants for their child through the priceless lessons Mama Bear teaches Little Berry. She does it so eloquently and truthfully, new hope will rise up to make your heart sing. Austin’s book not only instills the true essence of life to young children, but gives pause to adults to reflect on what truly matters.” - Barbara Gail Techel author of Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog


“This is a delightful book that will be enjoyed immensely by young people as well as by parents and grandparents. Woven in with these charming animal tales are heartwarming life lessons—about patience, responsibility, self-acceptance, and treating others as we would be treated. Mama Bear and Little Berry inhabit a vibrant world; you’ll be glad you joined them there.” - Carolyn Kott Washburne, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Edith Ann Marie

The Sun is in My Heart

Edith Ann Marie has a very special relationship with her grandma, in this 132 page chapter book. They play together, work together and just like being together. Edith Ann Marie has many questions about things in her life and Grandma is very wise with her answers. The common thread throughout this hard cover book is kindness, understanding feelings and love. Edith Ann Marie's sister brings in an element of difficulty and causes little upsets from time to time. Please enjoy Edith Ann Marie and Grandma to see just how they figure out life together. Maybe then, you can understand life better too!

This book is appropriate for all ages. Grandmothers love receiving this as a gift, and teachers use the book in school to teach lessons on living. Even though there are ten chapters with six pages per chapter, the book is written so every page has a message. If you still want an age appropriate level, age four to eleven. But don't let that stop you from buying the book for other ages and enjoying it!

Reviews of Edith Ann Marie: The Sun is in My Heart

"Edith Ann Marie is a heartwarming story of the precious bond a little girl has with her own grandmother. The simple stories that instill value and encouragement are enough to empower a child’s infinite magnitude to imagine and grow. What are truly special are the moral lessons which the readers will take with them upon reading this hardback. Not your typical feel-good picture book, the conflicts in the stories are believable and presented in a subtle style while ingraining a kind of insight, which brings us to believe that persecution can come in many ways even within the family. Edith Ann Marie represents a child with the insatiable desire to explore and identify with everything life hands her, and we should all be so blessed to have a grandmother who is as lovingly supportive as hers.

Obviously the product of a labor of immeasurable love, the unconventional illustrations included on every page were carefully done with such an endearing charm. Filled with anecdotes about devotion, protection, understanding and nurturing, Edith Ann Marie makes for a great hand-me-down gift for the most important women in your life." - Kaye Cloutman San Francisco Book Review

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