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Book Details:

Book Title: Ralphie, Always Loved by Andrea Yerramilli
Illustrated by: Samantha Van Riet
Category: Children’s Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: About Something Good, LLC
Release date: October 28, 2017
Tour dates: April 9 to May 4, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

This is the story of the life, love, and adventures of a beloved family dog, and how he delighted and touched his family and everyone he met.

Ralphie was born with a heart on his belly.
He loves food, his family, his friends, his neighbors.
He loves pretty much everything and everyone.
And they love him back.
And that’s how it is all through his life.
Read the book and fall in love with him too.

Rambunctious and hyperactive, Ralphie had already been returned to the animal shelter three times, but when Andrea and her husband adopted him and gave him a loving home where he was understood, accepted, and taught, he learned fast. As Ralphie’s human family grew, so did his capacity for love and the ways he could express it. He remained a loving and beloved family member who touched the hearts of the whole neighborhood until he was ready to say goodbye at the grand-old age of sixteen. Ralphie, Always Loved will remind you of all that is good, and reaffirm your belief in love’s power to uplift and transform.

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Ralphie, Always Loved: Questions Selection #4

Q: What are you trying to say with your book?

A: I’m trying to say it’s okay to love even if you have been hurt in the past, or things haven’t gone exactly the way you planned. Keep your heart open and let it lead the way. I’m telling people to look for reasons to love. Pets, especially dogs, show us how love, forgiveness, and living in the moment make our lives richer. I’m hoping this book highlights that.

 

Q: The book is also about loss and death. How did it feel to write about that?

A: I had started writing this book many years ago, and as the years went by, Ralphie was getting older and I knew I would have to say goodbye. I knew that there were many people like me who have dealt with loss like this in their own lives. It helped when I remembered how Ralphie dealt with the loss of Skipper—the dog we already had when we brought Ralphie home. He was sad; we saw it in his body language. She was his leader and he looked up to her, and suddenly she was gone. I saw him grieve and get over it, and I never saw him being anything but loving to the rest of us, who were also left behind. Now that Ralphie has passed too, I’d like to think that he and Skipper are together again and that she is bossing him around and taking care of him all at the same time!

 

Q: What did you do after Ralphie passed?

A: I cried and cried. I still do, even a year and a half later. But now with this book and his memories, I’m helping keep his legacy alive. Ralphie has an Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/ralphiealwaysloved/) that is still active, and through it he is keeping love and hope alive inside me and his friends and followers as well. On the day we got his ashes back, our family made a memory box filled with things that reminded us of him. We told Ralphie stories and laughed and cried. We made donations to dog charities.

Now we look for heart-shaped clouds. The book starts with Ralphie in heaven, painting clouds, and I believe that he is up there again sending us messages of love. We’re always excited to see these special signs from Ralphie.

 

Q: The book is not just about loss, right?

A: Ralphie, Always Loved is primarily a book about love and hope. It also touches on how faith weaves into the fabric of our lives. This book also helps us focus on finding reasons to stay positive and hopeful, just as Ralphie did. We need more books like it: books that encourage young readers to keep believing and striving to find the good in each other. Those qualities are very much needed in today’s world.

 

Q: How does the book reflect who you are and what your values are?

A: Ralphie, Always Loved is based on a true story about my dog, who was abandoned not once but three times before we got him. He was hyper and misunderstood. He just needed patience, understanding, and redirection. My family and I did not give up on him, and we were rewarded by an amazing and loving relationship that lasted sixteen years. I guess it wasn’t just Ralphie who had hope; I did too.

 

Q: What do you most want to be known for?

A: I’d love to be known as a storyteller who makes people think of something positive in today’s world, and who gives them a reason to want to be kind. I want to be a champion of underdogs everywhere and to leave a legacy of love.


 

 

Meet the Author:

 

Andrea has always been an avid reader and that jumpstarted her imagination at a very early age. In fact she escaped to the Land of Make Believe more often than her mother liked.She is a former marketing professional who is a mom to kids both with and without fur. Andrea says that it helps to have one foot planted firmly in reality while the other is foot loose and fancy-free in Imagination Land. She enjoys the best of both worlds.In 2013, Andrea and her husband started About Something Good (ASG) as a vehicle to curate, inspire and share goodness in the world. In a world where negative images flood the media, and words like “hate” get tossed around so easily, Andrea felt she needed a space that encouraged and focused on the words like “love” and the beauty that is life.

Andrea is committed to finding the good in everything and believes: that a sense of belonging to someone’s heart is what makes us feel complete, that kindness goes a long way, and that keeping your mind and heart open can help when things happen that you don’t understand.Andrea lives in New Jersey with her husband and children.Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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About the Book

Title: Sweet Tales

Author: Laurie Hyman

Genre: Children’s Books

The Adventures of Brittany and Lace, the second book in the Sweet Tales series, is the perfect chapter book or read-out-loud book for animal lovers of all ages! Told from the animals’ point of view, these three charming stories center around Britt the Kit, now a grown-up tabby cat, and a special litter of rescued kittens—Lace, our new co-star destined to be Brittany’s new sister, Coco, who needs a home, Scamp and Willa. Exploring universal themes, with lots of trouble and adventure in between, each story is resolved with determination, love, and understanding. When needed, humans help, along with a colorful group of animal friends. An enjoyable book for the entire family – or anyone who enjoys a good tale!

“An educational adventure story for young animal lovers that delivers justice where it’s deserved.” -Kirkus Reviews

”The overall sense of caring, community, and responsibility for others is palpable throughout.”
–Kirkus Reviews

Cover Credits

Original Art: Belinda DelPesco

Cover Design: Heather Wood

 

Author Bio

“Writing is my creative outlet,” says Laurie Hyman, author of Sweet Tales: The Adventures of Brittany and Lace.  The children’s series is written from the perspectives of cats, dogs, horses, woodchucks, coyotes, squirrels, crows and various other animals.  The stories explore universal themes such as family, friends, bullying, animal cruelty, abandonment and rescue, and the environment.  These books will appeal to readers of all ages, says Laurie, who comes from a creative family.  Her father was a writer and her brother, David Saperstein, wrote the novel on which the hit movie, Cocoon was based.

But her creativity doesn’t begin and end with books.  Laurie has extensive experience representing recording artists such as Barry Manilow and working as a producer and program coordinator for film, television, music and video companies.  She was assistant producer on Nurse, the acclaimed 1981 CBS network drama starring Michael Learned and Robert Reed.  Laurie also associate produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Coming Out of Their Shells, a documentary about the making of the live musical tour based on the hit movies and TV series.

Laurie Hyman is passionate about the creative process, which she finds fascinating and fulfilling.  She has also worked extensively as a senior health care advocate and she developed the Health Navigator Program for ReServe Inc. where she supervised several volunteers for NYC hospitals.  She also volunteered as an advocate for the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, and MRC (Medicare Rights Center) in health care and senior care advocacy.  She currently lives in New York State with her husband Micky and their two cats Maggie and Lily.

Connect with Laurie: www.redskypresents.com


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Book Excerpts

Excerpt: Pet Rescue

The kitten, now fully awake and alert, tilted her head, questioning where the woman was going. As they studied one another, the young cat’s eyes turned a deeper shade of green.

Love knew at that moment that this was her ‘Lace’. “Don’t worry. I’ll be back for you.”

Now Love was angry. “This is criminal!” she hissed to her husband, “I thought they were so cute, lying in a pile like that, but now I know it’s not cute at all! They’re huddled that way to try and stay warm! It’s cruel. They’re obviously sick and miserable!”

“I think you’re right, Love. Let’s get out of here.”

When the couple left, the kittens quickly huddled together in a tight circle.

“Do you think they’ll come back?” asked the white one.

“I think so,” said the tiger tomcat. “And I bet they take you out of here. As for the rest of us, who knows?”

“You’ll all be fine,” barked the yellow Lab pup from his cage on the shelf across from the kittens’ case. “I’m Bert. I’m from the same farm as you. We were all supposed to go to the animal hospital last week when we left the farm, but then the truck stopped for some reason. A bunch of us pups and your litter were taken off and we got moved to another truck and brought here. This place is diseased and filthy. That’s why we’re all getting sick.”

“What does sick mean?” asked the grey kitten. The poor little thing sneezed and fell over.

“It means we need to get rescued quickly or no one will want to give us a proper home. But, I believe those people are going to save us,” said the pup with certainty.

Excerpt – Discovering Snow

Brittany was very special to Lace. She had graciously accepted Lace into her home with Love and Man. Lace had since learned that Britt the Kit had also saved her father Sky when he was just a kitten.

An evergreen tree branch hit the kitchen bay window. The kitten jumped on to the ledge and looked outside.

“Wow, everything is so white! Just like me! It must be? Yesss! It’s SNOW. Now I understand why Papa called me Snow.” The white kitten got chills all over her body. “Snow is all white and pretty like me! I want to touch and feel it,” Lace whispered.

The kitten ran over to the cat door which was part of the kitchen door of their house. She placed her paw on the clear plastic door and pushed. “Ah, it’s open.” Her folks had forgotten to lock it before they went to sleep. “Should I?” Lace knew it was the wrong thing to do, but she was so curious about the snow falling just a short distance away in their backyard. “Yes, I’ll chance it. Just, for a few minutes.” She took a deep breath and slipped through the flapping door.

Once outside, Lace ran to the snow and placed her paw on the sparkling white powder. “Oooo, it’s cold, like Mama said. Ah, it melts, too.” Cautiously she moved out from under the covered porch and jumped up onto the stone wall that ran the length of their home.

As the snow gently fell on the kitten, she began to purr. It was cold, but pleasant. It landed on the top of her head and body. “So this is snow. I like it.”

Excerpt – The Mission

As the cats waited patiently for their treats, Brittany leaned over to her sister and whispered, “Lace, I have to go out to the woodshed later and meet Nathanial, Henry, and a coyote named Eva.

“It turns out the wild pack of dogs Henry let out of the abandoned house are still roaming the area. We now know they are controlled by the ‘pet store guy’. He feeds and houses them so they do his bidding.”

“What’s bidding, Britt?” asked the pretty white kitten.”

“It means the dogs do whatever he asks. The man feeds and houses the dogs, and in return they kidnap innocent animals for him to sell.”

“Can I go with you?” asked Lace, already knowing what the answer would be.

“Not this time. The weather may be bad. It’s just supposed to be a quick meeting. A plan is being put into place to deal with the ‘pet store guy’ and the pack of dogs. I haven’t been told any details. All I know is they want me to be part of it. That’s what I’m going to find out tonight.

“Wow, isn’t that dangerous? I’m scared for you, Brittany.”

“I am too, kiddo. I’ve never done anything this serious before,” Britt answered and let out a deep sigh, wondering what she was going to be asked to do.

Lace instinctively hissed and puffed out. Her tail bushed and swished back and forth. “No, don’t do it. I have a bad feeling. Stay out of this pleeease, Britt. Let someone else do it. Let Henry do it! He caused this when he let the dogs out. I want you safe!” The kitten hissed. Lace had once again doubled in size and now weighed close to four pounds. She was still sweet, but was also turning into a strong, fierce, young cat.

 

About the Book

Title: Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories

Author: Bernard Ditchik

Genre: Children’s Books

These delightful tales are sure to help your little ones settle down and drift contentedly off to sleep.  Written by a grandfather for his own kids and grandchildren, these twenty entertaining stories feature lots of talking animals, including a kangaroo who teaches a pony how to jump, a little bear who wants to play baseball, a coyote who learns to fly, a magic balloon that takes a little girl all the way to Japan and back, and some resourceful ants who build a swimming pool so they can play as well as work.  It’s full of positive images and plots that inspire creative solutions to various challenges.  A lovely read-aloud adventure the whole family will enjoy!

Author Bio

I didn’t begin my career as an author by writing stories. First, I was a storyteller. Let me explain. Many years ago, when our children were very young, I would sit on their beds at bedtime and tell them a story. Instead of reading a story written by someone else, I preferred to make up my own story right on the spot. They were stories about animals who learned to fly, children who talked to birds, alligators who were friends with elephants, and even one about a horse that learned to jump like a kangaroo. Our children loved them. So I made up lot of stories. Then there was a long period of time when there was no one who wanted to listen to my stories because they had all grown up!

But then, something wonderful happened. We had our first grandchild—and I became Grandpa Bernie. One day, one of my daughters said, “Dad, you have so many stories. I think other children would like to hear them.” That’s when I became an author.

At the age of 93, I am still playing tennis (doubles only) five times a week in a 60+ league. I have been married 64 years to my wonderful wife, Faigie, had three children, and five grandchildren. I continue to sit in my favorite chair, with a large pad on my lap, and a pen in my hand, lean back, and let my imagination soar.

Links

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Book Excerpts


From “The Coyote Who Learned To Fly

“Can you sing, Tommy?” asked Lulu.

“Oh, no. I can hum a little, but I can’t sing. I can run very fast, though. Watch this!” And he ran up the side of a small hill and back.

            “That was a great run, Tommy,” cried Lulu. “I can’t run very fast but watch this!”

Away she flew—high up into the sky. She flew in great big circles and then landed right next to the little coyote.

“That was wonderful!” exclaimed Tommy. “I’d love to be able to do that. Do you think I can learn to fly?”

“Well,” said Lulu, “you need wings to fly.”

“I don’t have any,” the coyote said.

“No, you don’t,” Lulu replied. “But maybe we can make you a pair. Come home with me and we’ll see what we can do.”

After a lot of hard work, they made a pair of wings to fit Tommy. Lulu fastened them on the excited coyote. He stood on his hind legs and tried to flap his wings, but he was barely able to move them.

“I didn’t know how much strength it takes to fly,” said Tommy. He took his wings off, sat down and started to think. Suddenly he smiled and said, “Lulu, I have an idea. Come with me.”

From “Jodie’s Magic Balloon”

There was a stand with beautiful balloons of all colors and shapes. They were on long strings and floated high in the air.

Jodie grabbed her father’s hand and pulled him right to the stand. When the man selling the balloons saw her, he winked and said, “I have a special magic balloon just for you, Jodie.”

“How do you know my name?” she asked, surprised.

“I’m a magician,” he said. “And when I made this balloon, I saw it had instructions stating that it was only to be given to a little girl named Jodie.”

“But how did you know that was me?”

“Oh,” the magician said with a smile. “That was easy. The instructions also said I would recognize her because she has the tiniest nose you ever saw and the sweetest smile. As soon as I saw you, I know you were that person.”

The man gave Jodie a very large and beautiful balloon. It had every color of the rainbow and sparkled like gold in the sunlight.

“Oh,” said Jodie. “It”s beautiful. But why is this a magic balloon?”

The magician smiled again. “When you crawl inside this wonderful balloon, it will obey everything you ask it to do. Would you like to try it?”

“Oh, yes!” Jodie cried excitedly, and she crawled inside the balloon. “It’s very comfortable in here. Now what do I do?”

“Just tell the balloon to go anywhere you like,” answered the magician with another smile.

“Please take me high into the sky, even higher than the clouds” instructed Jodie.

From “Batter Up, Norman”

            “Here, I’ll show you what to do. First stand up on your hind legs,” instructed Matthew.

            Norman stood on his hind legs.

            Then Matthew put the bat into the bear’s front paws. “Now when the ball is thrown towards you, swing the bat and try to hit the ball. Remember to keep your eyes on the ball, Norman. After you hit it, run to first base as fast as you can,” said Matthew, pointing to first base. “Okay, let us know when you’re ready!”

            Norman walked up to home plate. The little bear took a few practice swings and then yelled, “Okay, I’m ready!”

            The pitcher threw the first pitch. It was a good one, but the little bear was so frightened to see the ball flying right at him that he squeezed his eyes shut.

            He swung the bat around wildly—and missed!

            “Try again!” yelled Matthew. “And don’t close your eyes!”

            The second pitch was a really good one, right over the plate. Norman kept his eyes open, but he looked right away as he swung his bat and the ball landed behind him.

            “I missed again,” he said sadly.

            “Just keep your eyes on the ball when you swing,” shouted Matthew.

            This time, when the pitcher threw the ball, Norman kept his eyes wide open and glued on the ball. He gave a mighty swing.