…a Story of Love and Friendship
This children’s book is set on the beach in Northern California. A young girl named Esmerelda moves to Seacliff Beach near Santa Cruz with her mom who has just inherited grandpa’s house. Her dad is in the U.S. Army, stationed in Afghanistan and has been gone for many months. Esmerelda feels sad and because she’s new in the neighborhood and now it’s summertime, and she hasn’t met any other kids. Lonely and noticing that her mom is also down in the dumps, the two take walks together on the beach each day.
One afternoon, they meet three volunteers from the local ASPCA who are walking three happy little dogs on the beach path. Esmerelda falls in love with Toffee, a rambunctious brown and white mix of Jack Russell terrier and Beagle. Esmerelda and her mom rush to Santa Cruz to adopt Toffee. But first the SPCA requests the dog and perspective owners spend time together to ensure that there’s a good match.
Success! Toffee is adopted and Esmerelda is instantly delighted, no longer a lonely little girl. When bad news about her dad comes from far away, both mother and child are fearful. But a happy ending is around the corner for everyone. The illustrations in this book promise to be enchanting.
…A Gecko’s Adventure in New York City
This story brings the young reader across the ocean on a luxury cruise ship traveling from England to America. Felicity, a shy gecko with two different colored eyes has tumbled out of Carina’s backpack while boarding the giant ship. Scared and overwhelmed, she searches everywhere for Carina.
Ending up at the ship’s swimming pool, Felicity accidentally tumbles into a fashion model’s designer handbag.
Her adventure in New York City begins!
The world of exquisite high fashion opens up for little Felicity. And – that’s a good thing because Felicity loves FASHION!
Panicky Polly is Linda’s third illustrated children’s book. This story features Polly, a young girl who can’t help but panic over all the little things that might go wrong in her life on any given day. Polly becomes so panicky that she can’t sleep or eat without PANICKING about something.
Her mom, her brother, and her teacher all warn Polly that she better stop PANICKING or else it could lead to BIGGER problems. When Mr. Chang, the vegetable shop owner, gives Polly some valuable advice about how to handle her PANICKING, she doesn’t take it to heart.
But later that day when faced with yet another stressful situation, Polly suddenly realizes that the secret to managing her worries is to take Mr. Chang’s advice: PAUSE, COUNT 1-2-3 and BREATHE!
The result: Polly learns a golden secret for achieving everyday peace and happiness.