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Fen’s Drop of Gray

Little Fen loves all of the beautiful colors in the world and loves capturing them with her treasured set of paints. One day, Fen notices a little drop of gray in her paints and can’t seem to stop it from spreading. Before long the gray is everywhere, and Fen no longer enjoys doing what she loves the most. With a little encouragement from her mother, Fen finds a way to put the colors back in her world and begin enjoying life again. Fen’s Drop of Gray sends a powerful message about childhood depression and how parents can help their little ones learn to cope.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ | 24 color images | 32 pp
ISBN13: 9780764362194

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Children's Books S.T.E.A.M Children's book

Nano’s Journey! A Little Stem Cell Visits the Heart and Lungs

The human body contains many organs, and every organ is made up of countless tiny Normal Cells with a job to do. Little Nano is different; she is a cell with an evolving story, a Stem Cell. Nano can become different kinds of Normal Cells, but she doesn’t know which kind yet, or which organ she’ll eventually call home. Big decisions! So the little Stem Cell will go exploring the organs of the human body, a wonderful journey!

“NANO’S JOURNEY! A Little Stem Cell Visits the Heart and Lungs” is a picture book written for 1st to 5th grade students. It is the first in a series that will explore the organs of the human from a Stem Cell’s point of view. Stem Cell Science is an extremely important field, central to research in Embryology, Diseases, and Aging.

Author Aldo Pourchet is a biologist, veterinarian, and biotech entrepreneur based in SanFrancisco. He spends most of his time studying biology and researching cancer and infectious diseases to create new therapies. As a research scientist, he has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and collaborated with respected colleagues around the globe. “NANO’S JOURNEY! A Little Stem Cell Visits the Heart and Lungs” is Aldo’s first children’s book for future scientists.

Illustrator Jen Yoon (Jeongin Yoon) is an illustrator based in Seoul and New York. She enjoys mixing both traditional and digital mediums, creating complex layers. https://www.jenyoonart.com

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Graphic Novel Poetry

Knock Knock! Who’s Dead? The Spirited Story of the Fox Sisters

On the night of March 31st, 1848—on April Fools’ Day eve—an entity tore the veil thought to forever dissever the living from the dead and spoke in code through knocks and raps to two teenage sisters, Catherine and Margaret Fox. After apersistent and creative Q&A, The Fox Sisters discovered they were communicating with the Spirit of a Peddler who was murdered and bricked up in their cellar.

 

Soon The Fox Sisters were telling their story to spellbound crowds at a time when women rarely gave public lectures, making them unforeseen missionaries for the budding Spiritualism Movement: a practice involving conversing with the dead. Spiritualism became enormously popular during the Civil War when so many women lost their male family members to the conflict.

 

Katie and Maggie Fox’s journey made it possible for many female Spiritualists to become financially independent and gain positions of authority in the male-majority society. Though the connection between Spiritualism, antislavery, and women’s rights is often absent from history books, the three revolutionary movements clearly fueled each others’ success.

 

Excerpt:

So The Great Civil War had just come to an end.

An event most historians don’t recommend

The repeating-of, seeing that so many died:

Far too many sons lost, scores of mothers left crying.

Our Nation Divided was eager to heal—

Like the thousands of families hearing the pealing of

Funeral Bells echo all the night long:

“Gone along, gone along. Gone untimely along.”

But the mourning kept going. Folks came to discover

They weren’t quite ready to fully recover

From such luscious sadness; the dabbing of eyes,

All the whimpering, groaning, and speaking in sighs.

And so very eventually—ocean-to-ocean—

The Nation subscribed to a curious notion:

A fervent belief, linking opposite coasts,

That their dearly departed had just become ghosts.

Who though no longer living, nor breathing, nor seen,

Were still sharing their houses as they’d used-to been.

And were dying to tell that they didn’t much mind

Being spirits—great comfort to those left-behind.

So.

The Civil War’s carnage, our national schism,

Set fuse to a movement called Spiritualism.

Ted Enik © 2021

 

We should include a couple of knockout spreads.

 

Bios

Ted Enik was part of the favored stable of Magic School Bus artists, channeled Hilary Knight for the canonical hardcoverEloise in Hollywood, is the co-author / illustrator of the well-received Wee Witches, and for a decade was the primary artist for the popular Fancy Nancy “I Can Read™” series. Throughout Ted has been a writer—plays and film—and now hopefully resonant, unexpected-and-collectible illustrated books and graphic novels. Most recently, Ted has joined Pixel Mouse House Books, Publisher / Packager, where he works to rejuvenate properties in the public domain or marry ideal collaborators.

Shiloh Penfield’s previous works include the children’s book Unraveling Rose, Boy Zero Comic, a guest artist spot on Red Knight comic, and multiple independent projects.

 

 

 

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