Book Review of Rocki and Her Famous Tree: The (Mostly) True Story of One Owl’s Unexpected Trip to Rockefeller Plaza
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Rocki and Her Famous Tree: The (Mostly) True Story of One Owl’s Unexpected Trip to Rockefeller Plaza
Written by Analise and Ryan Duques
Illustrated by Varya Shambrook
Ages: 4+ | 36 Pages
Publisher: Ryan Duques | ISBN-13: 9798218230227
What to Expect: Owls, Animal Rehabilitation and Rescue, Intergenerational, and a Famous Tree
Rocki and Her Famous Tree: The (Mostly) True Story of One Owl’s Unexpected Trip to Rockefeller Plaza is a delightful and heartwarming tale written by talented daughter-father duo Analise and Ryan Duques.
Based on actual events that took place during the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 holiday season, this enchanting account tells a riveting story of a bond between a young boy and an owl he encounters during his summer vacation at his grandpa’s house. Readers witness the young boy’s fascination with the Northern Saw-Whet owl, and as the story unfolds and the holiday season approaches, the owl’s sudden and accidental relocation to the iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree puts the owl’s life at risk. Rocki and Her Famous Tree celebrates the remarkable rescue and release of the owl, telling an inspiring and uplifting story of kindness, action, and hope.
Thoughtful storytelling written with care comes to life through color illustrations that breathe extra life into the tale, beginning with the rich and glowing book cover in which Rocki the Owl and her adorable round eyes soar directly into readers’ hearts. In addition to being a lovingly written and illustrated book, Rocki and Her Famous Tree supports animal rehabilitation facilities through its sales. This aspect makes it a meaningful read with a purpose, encouraging us to embrace optimism and kindness in our everyday lives.
Ultimately, Rocki and Her Famous Tree champions the human spirit by highlighting the good and kind acts that can make a difference in our communities, making it a lovely read for the holiday season and beyond.
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About the Co-Author
Analise Grace Duques is a high school sophomore whose innate passion for reading and storytelling began when she was 18 months old, as soon as she was able to speak. Co-authoring the children’s book “Rocki and Her Famous Tree,” Analise used her talent for crafting an engaging story derived from true events. In addition to attending her local high school, she attends the Education for the Arts, where she studies creative writing. When Analise is not reading and storytelling, she enjoys time with her friends, exploring New York City, tasting new foods, or traveling.
About the Co-Author
Ryan A. Duques is a serial entrepreneur who lives on the shoreline of Connecticut. Duques is currently the head of emerging partnerships within the innovation group at a Fortune 100 company. Previously, he was a founder of TutaPoint.com, an online education company, and was co-founder and co-publisher of Shore Publishing, LLC, a newspaper and magazine publishing house in Madison, Connecticut.
Duques is active in his community, where he served as a trustee and treasurer for the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library in Madison; trustee and treasurer of The Country School; vice president and treasurer for Vista Vocational, Inc.; and is a commissioner for the Town of Madison’s Economic Development Commission. Duques is a graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he earned his B.A. in Finance and Operations Management. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.
For more information, visit Instagram.com/rocki.the.owl/.
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