Tuesday, January 19, 2016

porcupette finds a family - a bookwrap

Unwrapping some smiles for you...


Losing a loved one is a very traumatic experience, especially if you are a baby abandoned in the wild and responsible for your very own  survival.  This heartwarming story is precious indeed and I know you will follow the circle of love ... a loving mother gives birth ...  baby is abdondoned in the wild...and then a very surprising ( and irregular ) adoption occurs.  Hope springs eternal in the message of this book.

Authored by Vanita Oelschlager and illustrated by Mike Blanc

Unwrapping a few illustrations to give you a peek...

Now the story...

Porcupette, a baby porcupine spent the first part of her life cuddled beside her mother that loved her very much.  They snuggled together and she drank her mother's warm tasty milk.  She felt safe and protected. Mother had to leave daily to go out and forage for food in order to produce that nourishing and life-giving milk for her little one.  Pocupette was told to stay put as mother did her searching for her sustenance. 

One day, sadly, mother did not return. Porcupette was abandoned and she was so scared.  She knew she needed to take it upon herself to try and find her mother... oh where, oh where could she be?  She searched and searched but no avail.  She was so cold and tired and hungry.  In her journey she came across a mother bear tucked in a cave cozy feeding her young cubs.  Desperate and showing great bravery she crept in and starting feeding too, hoping she could blend in and no one would notice she was there.  

Upon being discovered by the little family she found them very accepting and inviting of her being a part of their family unit.  Although Porcupette was very grateful she at times tested them and tried their level of acceptance for her by hurting them with her quills and pushing them away and being mean. She then decided to  run away thinking they probably didn't care about her anyway and was glad she was gone. She soon learned that nothing could have been farther from the truth.

She was about to experience a very valuable lesson about being nurtured and cared for unconditionally...about the joys of being adopted and accepted even though it was not her species that took her in and loved her, bad moods and prickly quills and all. 

This sweet book is indeed heartwarming and full of love and hope.  Adoption can be and is a beautiful thing to embrace.

About the author...

VanitaBooks publishes books for children ages 4-8 that are short tales teaching a moral or value. Each book presents a dilemma or fear that a child may have, and resolves those issues through the loving and reassuring guidance of a parent, or through the plot of the story itself. VanitaBooks donates all net profits to charities where "people help people help themselves."

About Vanita

Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, former teacher, current caregiver and, for almost ten years, author and poet.

She was born and raised near Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee.

She has also supported and helped Jim as he built Oak Associates, ltd. into a successful investment management firm.

Today, as an accomplished author, Vanita shares openly the experiences that she, Jim and their families have had with multiple sclerosis. She has likened MS to living with an elephant, one that won't go away or be ignored. Together, she and Jim have found ways to live with this "elephant", and to share some of the larger lessons about life they've learned through the disease.

About the illustrator...

Mike was born in Akron Ohio, in 1953. On February 9th, 1964 he witnessed the first performance of The BeaTles on Ed Sullivan in the living room with his brothers; Pat, Gene and Joe and also his toddler sister Lisa. He went to Coventry Senior High, Class of 1971. Mike married Gail Smith in 1973 and they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Mike is a self-taught artist. He has created many hundreds of designs for t-shirt and textile impressions for Champion Bowling Supply in Akron, Hooper Handprints, Florida, and Air Waves, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. Mike worked in an artists' colony, Halbert's Incorporated in Akron for a year creating heraldic art. Looking back, he believes that his Halbert's co-worker was Chrissie Hynde, the Pretender and art major (please confirm this, Chrissie).  He's been self-employed at Mike Blanc Studios since 1974. From 1989 till present, he's a full-time associate at Artists Incorporated and is associated with VanitaBooks, LLC, of Akron an independent publishing corporation.


All net profits from this book will be donated to The Oak Adoptive Health Centre at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron, Ohio.

The Centre works to prepare and educate parents and families involved in domestic, international and special needs adoption. It also provides medical history evaluations, and psychological and developmental evaluations and support to encourage the healthy growth of the adoptive family.

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