★ Reader's Favorite Gold Medal First Place Winner Fiction/Tall Tale ★ Beach Reads Book Fest First Place Children's Books Winner Charming color-illustrated tall tale not just for dog lovers everywhere, but for readers of all ages who ever wished for a friend. Discover how creatures of the ocean, power of love, and the magic of the sea came together to make a little girl happy.★ New York Book Fest 1st Runner Up Children's Books ★ San Francisco Book Fest Honorable Mention Children's Books ★ National Indie Excellence First Place Winner Children's Book Cover Design
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Back in the summer of 2008, while vacationing at The Overleaf Lodge in Yachats, Oregon, with my dear friend Edythe from Cottage Grove, we read fun Tall Tales on our placemats at a local eatery. We went around the tables looking at the various Tall Tales and laughing. "Kizzie," Edythe exclaimed, "this week we will each write our own Tall Tale!" As the week unfolded, each day was more magical than the last. I contemplated how my Tall Tale might reflect the joys of the week. Daily I met new dachshunds and their friendly families, enjoyed beach walks with exceptionally low tides exposing fascinating new sea creatures, and for three days there was a pod of humpback whales that spouted and skimmed just below the ocean surface within easy viewing. I completed Edythe's assignment, both a challenge and a delight. How Dachshunds Came to Be was the fruit of this endeavor and it is dedicated to Edythe Ann Stromme, the kindest of friends and the one who taught me how to be a friend. Deep appreciation to my Writing Sisters: Monda van Hollebeke, Joanne Peterson, Reni Roxas, Julia Eulenberg, Mimi Armstrong, Andra Lawrence, and Edythe Stromme; gifted editor Gretchen Houser; enthusiastic publisher Emily Hill; artistic designer Kathi Humphries; creative illustrator Scott Ward; and my Beloved Thomas Wert who made 'once upon a time' a reality in my life, and our children and their families. Kizzie Jones Illustrator Scott Ward dedicated this book to Ron and Pat who let this goofy kid draw on his walls. Look at what happens!From the Inside Flap:
"...Young children will be mesmerized by the sophisticated yet accessible language and metaphors. ... art work is gorgeous ... warmhearted story that will be a joy to read over and over! Can't wait to see this book on bookshelves everywhere!"-- Kim Votry, Author, My Own Magic
"A lovely little story with a big message of compassion and caring."-- Songbird Snow, Author
"This lovely tale will become a classic 'Read to me, Grammy!' book in our house."-- Freeda Lapos Babson, Author & Illustrator, A Royal Buggy Garden
"A delight to read aloud ... These adorable dachshunds capture the little girl's heart and leap off the page to capture our hearts, too!"-- Edythe Ann Stromme, Co-founder & President Caucasus Children's Relief Fund (CCRF)
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