Tommy loved trains and the sounds trains made. He played with his toy train: a red engine, boxcars, fuel car, flat car, passenger car, and yellow caboose.
Tommy’s parents surprised him with a ride on a real train! They rode the historic train and heard all the train’s noises. From big, wide seats, they watched the big train wheels turn around, passed forests and hills, chugged upward slowly, and flew down fast. They saw many toy trains in the store afterward.
Tommy would never forget that train ride! Neither will you.
|Publisher:||Paws and Claws Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.13(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Her life has been one of devotion to the dance arts and choreography and studying them all through her high school and college years. She graduated with a degree in Dance as Performing Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During her sophomore year in college, she met and fell in love with her husband of 43 years, Ray Hollingsworth. Together they built two of the largest and best-known dance education centers in North Carolina and Virginia, and a Dance Seminar and Competition Company known as Dance Troupe, Inc. (DTI).
"My life has always been about dance and creating. Sometimes the creation leads to paths other than dance such as songwriting and writing in general, and that has been a wonderful gift. Music, theater, and the performing arts stir my soul to the highest heights of energy and enthusiasm and make living in the arts a dream come true.
"I'm delighted that through the Paws and Claws Publishing company, I have been accepted into a community of artists who write and portray their thoughts and stories through words. I'm so excited to be writing for the younger generation, the very small child. I have found a wonderful partnership with Jennifer Cappoen, my illustrator, and Lynn Bemer Coble, my editor. They've helped bring my previous books to reality. I am most thankful to God for giving me the stories and ideas that seemingly pop into my head and then flow onto the paper into the stories that will be developed and enhanced by the Paws and Claws team.
"I am also extremely excited to be able to say I'm an award-winning author. Who gets to say that? Me. I can't believe it. But thank you to my Paws and Claws team for making it possible. In December of 2016 I was selected by the Dog Writers Association of America to be in a group of five finalists for the Best Children's Book. In February 2017 I was chosen as the winner of the Maxwell Medallion and given the honor of having Westie Tails-Meet Two Little Westies chosen as the best Children's Book of 2016 by this association. Thank you, thank you so much. We don't get to any one place or honor in this life without the help of others. This is definitely true for this award.
"I'll have more books to come in the future. I'll continue to write as stories are given to me. I am so thankful that 'my little books' have been well received by my surrounding community and by others not only here in the United States but also across the seas.
"Life is truly about accepting and being open to new horizons, hoping to succeed but also open to the fact that failing only gives you one more advantage in the direction in which you're being led. Below is my favorite quote from Shakespeare. Thanks, William. You hit the nail on the head.
'All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages....' "