Beverly Stowe McClure, Interview of Author Sal Barbera

TOUR WITH SAL BARBERA AND HIS SPOTLESS COW

Beverly Stowe- McClure authBeverly Stowe McClure, Author of stories for children and teens interviews Sal (Salvatore) Barbera for an inside look at a writer.

 

 

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Mr. Barbera was kind enough to answer some questions for me:

Sal BarberaPlease tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.

I’ve had the drawing bug since I was a little kid watching ‘Winky Dink and You’. It was a TV show where you (your Mom) sent in for this piece of plastic that you attached to the front of your TV set. Then you drew along with the guy on Winky Dink. I loved that show.
The early television kids show, Winky Dink (CBS, 1953-57)

 

 

 

I didn’t set out to become a writer. I wanted to do something that was fun. I started by drawing cartoons about my dog, Max. He was the inspiration for my character Sweetles™ who is the impetus for my book series: A Sweetles Dream®. A Sweetles Dream®The concept is: during the day, while Sweetles™ is playing, he sees something unexpected. That leads him to dream up a solution to the situation he’s seen.

For example, in my book, Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow, he is playing ball as soon as you open the book. He chases the ball across a field and Mary Elizabeth frolics past him. She triggers his dream.
Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow
The bonus in children’s books is that, not only is it fun, but I hope I can make a positive difference for kids through the affirmative actions and concepts about friendship, family, self-confidence and relationships in my books.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an astronaut. Space, the final frontier…I was always intrigued by that. In science class at school they showed us the planets and stars and the galaxy. We had fascinating science books. Men were taking the first trip to the moon. Like Neil Armstrong. So my room looked like NASA. I had Lunar modules and rocket models and all kinds of planetary books.

How did you come up with the idea for your book and were there any glitches along the way?

My mother in law, who is a dear friend, had gone through a pretty rough time with breast cancer, chemotherapy and radiation. She needed to laugh. So I decided to write a funny story for her. When I picked up the pencil, some kind of crazy inspirational thing happened. A thought came to me about a farm in Ohio. Then there were lots of cows. Suddenly I had an idea—what would happen if a new cow, a spotless cow, arrived at a farm and encountered prejudice from the other cows for being different. The inventive, funny way she overcomes their spot discrimination would be the kicker. I rapidly had a beginning, middle, and an end. I didn’t want to forget any of it. I had to write and illustrate it as quickly as possible.

Five hours and many broken pencil points later, Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow was born.

You’re shipwrecked on a deserted island. What character from a book other than yours would you want to be stranded there with you? Why?

Huckleberry Fin or Robinson Caruso. Guys with raft and island life experience that could get me off of there. I’m not too good at building things without tools and a hardware store. I’d probably wind up talking to a soccer ball.

If we peeked inside your closet, what would we see?

A Hawaiian sunset! I like colorful, happy, fun attire. My main wardrobe consists of vivid Hawaiian shirts. If I get stranded on that deserted island not only will I look the part – but hopefully a plane will see my shirt and save me!

Tell us your favorites:

Movie:  City Slickers
Actor:  Billy Crystal
Book:  Jurassic Park
Singer:  Frank Sinatra

If you could have super powers what would you wish for?

My first thought is being able to fly…but no one would bring me peanuts. So I think something really super, like the power to be able to eat as many snacks as I want without gaining weight. Supersnack Man! Has a nice ring to it. Don’t you think?

If you could choose to live in another time, would you prefer the past or the future?

The past. Maybe on the ship with Columbus. I could say:

“You know this really isn’t India…nobody will think any less of you if you stop and ask for directions.”

Are you working on any new books now? Tell us about them.

Since Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow was published I’ve completed the second book in the “A Sweetles Dream®” series called Ernie the Dysfunctional Frog. Without giving away the surprise, it’s a fun, goofy and unexpected tale about acceptance, family, friendship and love. And, of course, frogs.
Ernie The Dysfunctional Frog Ernie loves being a frog. He loves the flies and the lily pads and the lotus flowers and the pond. But most of all he loves his frog friends. When he accidentally learns a secret, Ernie's life is changed forever. Find out what happens in this odd and wondrously goofy tale about Ernie The Dysfunctional Frog! Parents, guardians, teachers and especially children will enjoy reading this fairy tale. See how Ernie discovers his true identity and learns the importance of family and friendship. With vibrant, colorful pictures, humor for children and adults, and a fast paced story that will keep you interested in Ernie's adventure from start to finish you're sure to enjoy this story. This is the second book in the series “A Sweetles Dream”®. This series is perfect for families to enjoy together. Order this book now to build your Sweetles™ book collection! Your purchase will make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Child Life Program Read About The Author: Sal Barbera The Spotless Cow Song cartoon

 

Where can your fans learn more about you?

Website: http://www.salvatorebarbera.com/
http://www.sweetles.com/about-sal-barbera/
Blog: http://www.salvatorebarbera.com/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sal.barbera
Twitter: https://twitter.com/swtlng
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18264358-mary-elizabeth-the-spotless-cow
SCBWI: http://www.scbwi.org/members-public/salvatore-barbera

Would you like to share anything else with your fans?

During the months of November-December, purchase Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow
from the Sweetles website for only $12.00 (List price: $17.99). When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program.

Visit http://www.sweetles.com/product/books/mary-elizabeth-the-spotless-cow-book/ for more information.

For more about the book watch Mary Elizabeth’s book trailer: http://youtu.b/72fOn1tEbDM

Thank you for having me and giving me the opportunity to talk about my book!

- Sal Barbera

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit with us.  Stop by anytime.
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Mary Elizabeth the Spotless Cow: A Book Review

My Review:

Mary Elizabeth the Spotless Cow was introduced to me about a month ago, and I have read this book to my children countless times since! It is adorable, both in the story and illustrations! Realizing that one is different than others is not always easy but learning ways to adapt and be friends with those that are different from us are two HUGE themes within this delightful children’s book. I have truly enjoyed having it a part of our children’s library! 
 
I have not read other books from this author but I definitely plan on checking out more from him this year!
…learning ways to adapt and be friends with those that are different from us are two HUGE themes within this delightful children’s book.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Mary Elizabeth the Spotless Cow online here.

About The Book:

The story of Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow takes us on the journey she travels to figure out how to get the cows at a new farm to like and accept her.  While she hopes to find friendship at her new home, instead she learns what it means to be different from everyone else. (Spotless!)  Mary Elizabeth uses clever ideas and a sense of humor to help her on her quest for playmates at the farm.   This inspiring tale shows how perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime can build friendships.   Parents, guardians, teachers and especially children will enjoy reading this fairy tale. It has vibrant, colorful pictures, humor for children and adults, and a fast paced story that will keep you interested in Mary Elizabeth’s adventure from start to finish. A Sweetles Dream®This is the first story in the books series “A Sweetles Dream®”. These books are perfect for families to enjoy together. Order this book now to start your Sweetles™ collection! Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses.

About The Author:

Sal Sanford SchoolSal is the author and illustrator of “A Sweetles Dream”® book series. As the Creative Director for Hartman-Barbera llc, a family media & entertainment company, he is also an animator, sculptor, painter and all around fun guy. Sal lives the phrase: “A day without laughter is a wasted day”. To that end, he uses his writing, illustrating and animation skills to create endearing characters and comedic stories. Sal’s sense of humor and empathy for his characters explore personal and social situations in ways that makes it enjoyable for both adults and children to experience together. Born in New York City, Sal moved to North Bergen, NJ where he grew up on a steep hillside neighborhood with his four older sisters. He currently lives in sunny Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri, who he defines as his inspiration. On any given day Sal might be painting, sculpting, drawing, animating, writing or enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: cooking, television, movies and golf.   ***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the author and Pump Up Your Book Promotions Posted by Shirley Rempel

Bella Harte Books A Sweetles Dream® ~ Guest Author Feature with Salvatore Barbera ~ Part Two

Bella Harte 2013A Sweetles Dream® ~ Guest Author Feature with Salvatore Barbera ~ Helping The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program ~ Part Two

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Author Interview:

Hi Sal and welcome back to my blog

Sal BarberaFirstly can you tell us about yourself?

I come from a big Italian family in New Jersey and am the youngest of five. I have four older sisters.

When I was a kid, our house was the central meeting place for family holidays. All of my cousins and aunts and uncles from south Jersey, Brooklyn and New York City would come to our house for dinner. It was great. A lot of stories were told over a lot of food. We were loud,
we laughed louder and mainly just enjoyed each other’s company. I think that gave me a solid foundation for my love of storytelling and making people laugh.

It’s a good challenge to tell a story and get people to laugh.

How long have you been writing?

About 2 minutes. Oh…you mean in my lifetime. Well, I’ve been making cartoon style stories for about 20 years.

It started with drawings of Max, my dog. The first day we got him I was inspired to pick up a marker and start sketching him.

The sketches expanded into little cartoons that I drew of him to make my wife or in-laws laugh. Those drawings morphed into the character called Sweetles™ that is the upcoming star of his own comic book series as well as the host of a new children’s web series I’m working on called Sweetles TV Show.

I wrote my first published book about 3 years ago.

What inspired you to start writing books for your chosen genre?

My mother in law was my inspiration. She had gone through chemo and radiation treatments for breast cancer and was down in the dumps. She really needed cheering up.
So, I thought about what would make her laugh. First, my drawings always make her laugh.
And then saying something ridiculous. So I started writing a story about talking cows on a farm. And I set it in Ohio where her other daughter lives.

And the funniest thing happened, it just clicked in my head. And I was able to write the entire story in a day and that story is Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow.

I didn’t write it as a children’s book. But it turned out to be a fun, comprehensible way to help kids learn about prejudice and discrimination and how to deal with it.

That’s how I got the writing bug. The very next day I wrote my second book Ernie The Dysfunctional Frog.

How do you come up with the Titles for your books?

Hmm. First I name the main character, next I come up with a theme for the story. After that, it’s who the story is about and something about them.

So for Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow her lack of spots and the fact that she’s a cow made the title an easy choice.

Do you decide on your book title first, or do you write the book and then the title is decided later?

I decide the title first. For me, the title defines the book, even when there is a hidden surprise in the title.

My second book in the series, Ernie The Dysfunctional Frog, is a perfect example of a surprise title.

Are there any little tips or tricks you use to get to know your characters better?
I try to get into my characters head. Figure out what makes them tick. And then make them as real and personable as possible.

They might be someone I’d like to hang out with because they’re fun and witty. Or maybe they do something I don’t particularly like.

But that makes a good basis for a character flaw. For me it’s important to make a well rounded character that’s likable and fallible. Just like real people.

If you don’t like a character you’re writing about, what do you do?
a. Kill them off instantly
b. Get over it and learn to like them
c. Give them a whole new personality
d. or something else – do tell?! Please!

I’ve never written a character I didn’t like. Even if they start out unlikeable, they have redeeming qualities that change them to make them into a somewhat likable character before the book ends.

If you were stranded on a faraway island:- which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?

That’s a toss up. Mary Elizabeth, the spotless cow, is a lot of fun and very resourceful. While Ernie, the dysfunctional frog, is a great friend and has swimming skills that might prove helpful.

Do you have any input in the Cover design of your book?

My wife, a trained artist and designer, does the layout and background illustrations for the books. Although we collaborate, her sense of design and artistic talents lead the way.

How many novels/books do you typically read in a month?

A few. I like to read a book in small increments. It makes it more like a favorite TV show or mini series. Right now I’m reading John Grisham’s The Appeal. The previous book I read was by Carl Hiaasen.

What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?

I don’t really have a least favorite part of writing. When I’m in writing mode I really enjoy it. Sometimes it’s tricky figuring out what to say to get the reader to laugh.

Ideally, I’d like you to laugh out loud at some point. That’s a goal. Injecting humor that makes sense and reaches not just kids, but adults too. I think Dr. Seuss is a great example in that respect. His stories seem to be as much fun for adults to read as they are for kids.

If you didn’t write or you went through a dry spell (aka a bit of writers block), what would you do to fill the creative void instead?

I love to draw. People, animals, landscapes. I’m pretty good at drawing cactus now. I enjoy taking a blank piece of paper and creating something from nothing.

I know it’s what I do when I write, but with drawing I can just look at something and re-create it. With writing, I need to be inspired to create a new story.
Drawing helps to inspire me.

Finally, what 7 words best sum up your book?

Fun, educational, witty, endearing, inspiring, topical and surprising.

Thank you Bella, for inviting me to share my thoughts with you and your readers. I very much appreciate it.

I hope your readers will get Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow for the holidays. It’s definitely a feel good story for everyone.

All my best,

- Sal
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Many thanks to Sal for joining us again today, and if you have children, get them this fabulous book for younger readers. And if you don’t have children, get it for yourself and help a fantastic cause.

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Welcome to the second installment to help the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program

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Featuring
y Elizabeth The Spotless Cow

Book Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publish date: July 2012
Publisher: Sweetles Press
ISBN-13: 978-0985061111

Book Blurb:

The story of Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow follows her adventures to figure out how to get the cows at a new farm to like and accept her. While she hopes to find friendship at her new home, instead she learns what it means to be different from everyone else. (Spotless!) Mary Elizabeth uses clever ideas, diplomacy and a keen sense of humor to gain acceptance and friendship at the farm.

This inspiring tale shows how perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime can build friendships.

Watch the trailer: http://youtu.be/72fOn1tEbDM

Purchasing information:

From now through December 31, 2013, you can purchase Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow from the Sweetles website for only $12.00 (List price: $17.99) and on Amazon for $14.66.

When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program. to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses.

Visit http://www.sweetles.com/product/books/mary-elizabeth-the-spotless-cow-book/ for more information.

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Author Bio:

Sal is the author and illustrator of A Sweetles Dream® book series. As the Creative Director for Hartman-Barbera llc, a family media & entertainment company, he is also an animator, sculptor, painter and all around fun guy.

Sal lives the phrase: “A day without laughter is a wasted day.” To that end, he uses his writing, illustrating and animation skills to create endearing characters and comedic stories. Sal’s sense of humor and empathy for his characters explore personal and social situations in ways that makes it enjoyable for both adults and children to read his books and experience them together.

Born in New York City, Sal moved to North Bergen, NJ where he grew up on a steep hillside neighborhood with his four older sisters. He currently lives in sunny Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri, who he defines as his inspiration.

On any given day Sal might be painting, sculpting, drawing, animating, writing or enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: cooking, television, movies and golf.

Visit Sal Barbera’s website at http://www.salvatorebarbera.com

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Book Buy links:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Elizabeth-The-Spotless-Cow/dp/0985061111

Amazon UK Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Elizabeth-Spotless-Sweetles-Dream-ebook

Sweetles Press http://www.sweetles.com/product/books/mary-elizabeth-the-spotless-cow-book/

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Links

Website

http://www.salvatorebarbera.com/

http://www.sweetles.com/about-sal-barbera/

Blog
http://www.salvatorebarbera.com/blog/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/sal.barbera

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/swtlng

SCBWI:
http://www.scbwi.org/members-public/salvatore-barbera

Mary Elizabeth Puppet Short Video
http://youtu.be/WXyoYdPDEQc

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/25684038-salvatore-barbera

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Book Excerpt:

Once upon a time…there was a farm in Ohio with lots of Cows. They all had many spots to be proud of.

One day a truck pulled into the farm. The back door opened and out came a new Cow.
The other Cows were so excited to have a new friend!

But as the new Cow came out of the truck, the other Cows looked on in shock!

“Oh My!”

“What on Earth?!”

It seems the new Cow, whose name was Mary Elizabeth, had no spots!

“Where are your spots?!’’ Demanded the Cow called Anna Belle.

“I don’t have any spots. I was born spotless, you see.’’

Well, Anna Belle and the other Cows were horrified.

(Not mad, you have to be very careful about mad).

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Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow by Salvatore Barbera ~ review by WV Stitcher

Monday, December 16, 2013

My take on this book:

Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow is the story of Mary Elizabeth who moves to a farm in Ohio, a farm where all the other cows have spots, and really don’t want anything to do with her because she is different. The plan that she comes up with allows the other cows to see that she is really an ok gal cow, who really is just like they are!
What a fun book that also teaches a valuable lesson about acceptance. The illustrations are so eye catching and the story really is an easy read that will have youngsters wanting to read along.

The humor woven into the story really had me smiling, but the overall message of acceptance is one that really makes this a wonderful book for youngsters.

A perfect gift during the holidays … the message of not judging others by how they look, and accepting people and cows for who they are is a lesson we all need to learn, and this book just might open the door for that discussion with youngsters.
 
Pump Up Your Book Presents Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow Virtual Book Publicity Tour & Giveaway

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sweetles Press; 1st edition (July 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985061111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985061111
 
 
Purchase a copy of the book in either of these places. This book is also available as an ebook.

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The Story of Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow takes us on the journey she travels to figure out how to get the cows at a new farm to like and accept her.

While she hopes to find friendship at her new home, instead she learns what it means to be different from everyone else. (Spotless!) Mary Elizabeth uses clever ideas and a sense of humor to help her on her quest for friends at the new farm.
This inspiring tale shows how perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime can build friendships.
When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses.

ABOUT SALVATORE “SAL” BARBERA

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Sal is the author and illustrator of “A Sweetles Dream”® book series. As the Creative Director for Hartman-Barbera llc, a family media & entertainment company, he is also an animator, sculptor, painter and all around fun guy. Sal lives the phrase: “A day without laughter is a wasted day”. To that end, he uses his writing, illustrating and animation skills to create endearing characters and comedic stories.
Sal’s sense of humor and empathy for his characters explore personal and social situations in ways that makes it enjoyable for both adults and children to experience together. Born in New York City, Sal moved to North Bergen, NJ where he grew up on a steep hillside neighborhood with his four older sisters. He currently lives in sunny Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri, who he defines as his inspiration. On any given day Sal might be painting, sculpting, drawing, animating, writing or enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: cooking, television, movies and golf.
Visit Sal Barbera’s website at www.salbarbera.com.
 
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November 18, 2013

Mary Elizabeth the Spotless Cow by Sal Barbera Book Feature

About the book:

The story of “Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow” takes us on the journey she travels to figure out how to get the cows at a new farm to like and accept her.

While she hopes to find friendship at her new home, instead she learns what it means to be different from everyone else. (Spotless!) Mary Elizabeth uses clever ideas and a sense of humor to help her on her quest for friends at the new farm.

This inspiring tale shows how perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime can build friendships.

When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses.

Excerpt:

Once upon a time……..there was a farm in Ohio with lots of Cows. They all had many spots to be proud of. One day a truck pulled into the farm. The back door opened and out came a new Cow. The other Cows were so excited to have a new friend!

But as the new Cow came out of the truck the other Cows looked on in shock!!! “Oh My!’’ ’’What on Earth?!”

It seems the new Cow, whose name was Mary Elizabeth, had no spots!

’’Where are your spots??!!’’ Demanded the Cow called Anna Belle. ’’I don’t have any spots. I was born spotless, you see.’’

Well, Anna Belle and the other Cows were horrified.

(Not mad, you had to be very careful about mad)

Watch the trailer: http://youtu.be/72fOn1tEbDM

Purchasing information: From now through December 31, 2013, you can purchase Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow from the Sweetles website for only $12.00 (List price: $17.99).

When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program. Visit http://www.sweetles.com/product/books/mary-elizabeth-the-spotless-cow-book/ for more information.

 

About the author:

Sal is the author and illustrator of “A Sweetles Dream”® book series. As the Creative Director for Hartman-Barbera llc, a family media & entertainment company, he is also an animator, sculptor, painter and all around fun guy. Sal lives the phrase: “A day without laughter is a wasted day”. To that end, he uses his writing, illustrating and animation skills to create endearing characters and comedic stories.

Sal’s sense of humor and empathy for his characters explore personal and social situations in ways that makes it enjoyable for both adults and children to experience together. Born in New York City, Sal moved to North Bergen, NJ where he grew up on a steep hillside neighborhood with his four older sisters. He currently lives in sunny Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri, who he defines as his inspiration. On any given day Sal might be painting, sculpting, drawing, animating, writing or enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: cooking, television, movies and golf.

Visit Sal Barbera’s website at http://www.salbarbera.com.

Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow Virtual Book Tour Schedule

 

October 1st

Interview at Blogcritics

October 2nd

Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life

October 3rd

Book spotlight at As the Pages Turn

October 4th

Book review at Alicia Finn Noack

October 7th

Book spotlight at Literarily Speaking

October 8th

Book spotlight at Between the Covers

October 9th

Book spotlight at The Book Rack

Book review at Classic Children’s Books

October 10th

Book review at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

October 11th

Guest post at Paperback Writer

Book spotlight at Review from Here

Book review at A Year of Jubilee Book Reviews

October 12th

Book spotlight at 4 the Love of Books

October 14th

Interview at Straight from the Author’s Mouth

October 15th

Book spotlight at Beyond the Books

October 16th

Book trailer reveal at If Books Could Talk

Book spotlight at Broken Teepee

October 17th

Guest post at The Story Behind the Book

Book review at Lynn’s Corner

October 18th

Interview at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

October 21st

Book review at My Devotional Thoughts

Book review at Deco My Heart

Book spotlight at A Year of Jubilee Book Reviews

October 22nd

Book review at 4 the Love of Books

October 23rd

Guest post at Mayra’s Secret Bookcase

October 25th

Book review at Mary’s Cup of Tea

October 28th

Book review at Thoughts in Progress

October 30th

Book review at Maureen’s Musings

October 31st

Book review at Blooming with Books

Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner

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November 4th

Book spotlight and giveaway at Katie’s Clean Book Collection

November 5th

Book spotlight and giveaway at Book Marketing Buzz

November 7th

Interview at Story of a Writer

November 8th

Book spotlight and giveaway at Plug Your Book

November 13th

Interview at Broowaha

November 18th

Book spotlight and giveaway at Literal Exposure

November 19th

Book spotlight and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily

November 20th

Book spotlight and giveaway at Janet Ann Collins’ On Words

November 22nd

Book spotlight and giveaway at Library of Clean Reads

 

November 27th

Book spotlight and giveaway at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

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December 2nd

Book spotlight at Bluebell Books

Book review at Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews and More

December 3rd

Book review at Nancy Stewart Books

December 4th

Book spotlight and giveaway at Ramblings of a SAHM

December 5th

Join the book discussion at PUYB Virtual Book Club

December 9th

Book review at Library of Clean Reads

December 10th

Interview at Examiner

December 12th

Book spotlight at Penny’s Tales

December 13th

Book review at This Little Book of Mine

December 17th

Book review at WV Stitcher

December 27th

Book tour highlights at The Book Rack

TBD

Book spotlight at Bluebell Books

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This Little Book Of Mine

This Little Book Of Mine review of Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow

MARY ELIZABETH THE SPOTLESS COW

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I really love this sweet little cow book for children.

We have always either lived on a farm or near a farm, so cows have always be a part of our lives. Mary Elizabeth was a very special cow, and she was different from all of the others because she was spotless. But no one really liked Mary Elizabeth when she didn’t have spots, it wasn’t until she suddenly had spots that the others liked her. But this was not right. Her pals should like her for who she is and not what she looks like.

I like the valuable lesson taught here with this story.

The Children will learn from this book that it is ok to be different. If someone loves you only when you are just like everyone else, then they are the ones that are wrong. We should love everyone, regardless of who they are or what they look like, and I appreciate a book such as Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow that teaches children this valuable truth.

And using a cow is a fantastic idea. The characters were adorable, and its easy for kids to fall in love with them.

I know your child will love this book, just as much as my nieces and nephews did.

I received this book from PUYB to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

ABOUT MARY ELIZABETH

THE SPOTLESS COW

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The story of Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow takes us on the journey she travels to figure out how to get the cows at a new farm to like and accept her.

While she hopes to find friendship at her new home, instead she learns what it means to be different from everyone else. (Spotless!) Mary Elizabeth uses clever ideas and a sense of humor to help her on her quest for friends at the new farm.

This inspiring tale shows how perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime can build friendships.

  • When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses.

Watch the Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow video trailer at http://youtu.be/72fOn1tEbDM

SWEETLES

AMAZON

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ABOUT SALVATORE “SAL” BARBERA

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Sal is the author and illustrator of “A Sweetles Dream”® book series. As the Creative Director for Hartman-Barbera llc, a family media & entertainment company, he is also an animator, sculptor, painter and all around fun guy. Sal lives the phrase: “A day without laughter is a wasted day”. To that end, he uses his writing, illustrating and animation skills to create endearing characters and comedic stories.

Sal’s sense of humor and empathy for his characters explore personal and social situations in ways that makes it enjoyable for both adults and children to experience together. Born in New York City, Sal moved to North Bergen, NJ where he grew up on a steep hillside neighborhood with his four older sisters. He currently lives in sunny Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri, who he defines as his inspiration. On any given day Sal might be painting, sculpting, drawing, animating, writing or enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: cooking, television, movies and golf.

Visit Sal Barbera’s website at www.salbarbera.com