Author Showcase: Petalwink the Fairy
The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 13, 2010
Author Showcase: A place for authors and illustrators to gain visibility for their works.*
by Angela Sage Larsen
Reading level: ages 3-8
Hardcover and paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Rising Star Studios, LLC.
Praise for Petalwink the Fairy:
How blessed is that family for whom fairyland is not off-limits! The world of imagination and the creatures who inhabit have so much to teach us all; fairy tales are often spiritual explorations which encourage moral awakenings. We learn through what delights us. Inspiration is vital to mankind. We all need that spaciousness of vision which comes from enlightened writers. The gifted writers who take us into the world of fantasy, expand our hearts with brightened views through their enchanting characters and sparkling words.
The Petalwink series, beginning with “Petalwink Learns to Fly,” has a focus on character education while keeping us laughing at our human foibles. Author/illustrator Angela Sage Larsen manages to do this in remarkably musical rhyme–entertaining the ear while expanding the heart. Through refreshingly distinctive words and illustrations, the book subtly awakens an awareness to such qualities as courage, humility, nobility, confidence, resilience, kindness, and compassion. The series is ideal for ages 3-8, those beginning to read and being read to, but the child-heart of all ages will appreciate Petalwink’s tale of trial and triumph.
– Marjorie Day Hamlin
Children’s Librarian & Children’s Literature Educator
I believe that the art work in children’s literature should always be of the highest standard, art museum quality. The illustrations in Petalwink are beautiful, truly creative works of art that youngsters and adults can appreciate. Petalwink can be read to–or by–children of all ages. The message is that all things are possible when you set a goal and expect to achieve it–even that which sometimes seems impossible. It may take time. Be expectantly patient. Readers are encouraged to dream big dreams, be creative in reaching them and not to be discouraged.
– Dr. Carol Freund, PhD
Pre-School Teacher for 30 years, Masters Degree in Teaching, Doctorate in Education
About the author: Angela is the creator, author and illustrator of the well-known Petalwink book series for children (www.Petalwink.com) sold to bookstores, retail outlets, libraries, and schools throughout the country. She also writes the highly popular “flog” [fictional blog] chapter book series for tweens, the Fifties Chix, about the friendship of five time-traveling teen girls (www.thefiftieschix.com) and is working on multiple book series projects for children, teens and adults.
After an internship at an art gallery on the Oregon Coast just before graduating from college, and an art abroad painting in Scotland, Angela knew she wanted to commit her life to art and self-expression. With her husband, she co-owned and co-operated a studio and art gallery in Sonoma County, California. It was here that her childhood reveries and professional art and writing experience merged to produce the Petalwink the Fairy concept and began her exciting career as author, artist, and collaborator extraordinaire – known and loved by youngsters, teens, parents, and teachers throughout the country in homes, libraries, and classrooms everywhere.
*Titles featured in the Author Showcase have not been reviewed by The Children’s Book Review, and reflect the thoughts of the author, illustrator, or publishing company. Read more …