All is Assuredly Well, by Professor Gore and Maestro Wilson | Dedicated Review
Review sponsored by Camille Lancaster Literary Children’s Books
The Children’s Book Review | October 9, 2018
Written by Professor Gore and Maestro Wilson
Illustrated by Angela F. M. Trotter
Age Range: 4+
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Camille Lancaster Literary Children’s Books (2018)
What to expect: Same-Sex Parents, Fairytale
With a book cover and illustrations as pretty as a sunlit, stained glass window, All is Assuredly Well is the quietly impactful story of King Phillip the Good and his elegant husband, The Most Excellent Don Carlos Emiliano Felipe de Compañero y Compañero, and their wish for a baby girl of their very own.
Every morning at 6am and every evening at 8pm, a loud bell tolls to announce the time to rise and shine, and again to announce when the children are snug in their beds. Year after year everything in the kingdom is assuredly well. That is, until the day that the king dreams of holding a little baby princess in his arms, and all the joy and love the little girl would bring to their lives and the castle. For seven hundred and seventy-six nights, the king wishes on the Blue Star for a daughter to complete his loving family. Still believing and now determined to show his worthiness of such a precious life gift, the king allows the star to lead him through the land believing that, through his encounters and the personal transformation that takes place, he will find his baby girl and all will be assuredly well.
A traditional fairytale blessed with a modern storyline that is ready to be told, All is Assuredly Well is written as beautifully as the field of a thousand flowers referenced within the book’s own pages. The authors wonderfully weave in old English to set the old-style tone, and readers that take well to customary tales will revel in new vocabulary words such as forsooth and sonorous. Almost like a special kind of book magic, the pages offer serenity through the repetitive phrase of “All is assuredly well.” Read aloud or read in silence, All is Assuredly Well is highly recommended.
About the Authors
Professor Gore has taught school for 36 years: 16 from first grade through high school, and twenty at Midwestern State University. She is the author of nonfiction books shelved in over a thousand libraries around the world on every continent except Antarctica. She has been a professional horse wrangler and wilderness guide. She was born and raised in New Mexico, has lived in Missouri and Texas, and currently lives in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.
Read our exclusive interview: Professor Gore Discusses All Is Assuredly Well
Maestro Wilson was Professor Gore’s music teacher and junior high band director. He has been like a second father to her for 55 years, ever since he started teaching her clarinet when she was eleven years old. He was a public school band director for 28 years. He is also a composer, and in addition to being able to play every band instrument, is an accomplished campañero (bell ringer). He is a life-long resident of New Mexico and speaks English, Spanish, and music.
About the Illustrator
Illustrator Angela F. M. Trotter’s work is deeply influenced by her spiritual life and the atypical migraines that affect her daily. Her art helps her cope with the constant disability of her migraines. Her art degree is in photography and drawing. She lives in Blytheville, Arkansas with her therapy dog, Bart, and her Episcopal priest husband. This is her first book. She is currently working on the sequel, Most Assuredly Well.
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