Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Oki and Harlo fairytale friends -a revisited bookwrap

Best friends can just shoot out of nowhere into your life and light up your life forever... such is the tale of "Oki and Harlo!"


"Oki and Harlo"
fairytale friends
Created by Cas Mesterom

Ages 5-10
Now available in paperback!!!
ebook format also

Guess who the illustrator is? ...  YOU!!!

This book is a draw freely book which means the story invites the reader to make their own illustrations.  The free-draw pages give clear instructions of what to draw.  When the illustrations are complete readers can publish them to share with the whole world by sending them [via direct message] to the -OkiandHarlo- official Instagram & Twitter account! 

About the book...

Oki is a little orphaned goat. His momma is suddenly taken away and promises to come back to him but she never returns. He is downcast and heartbroken without her. 

 One  star-studded evening he misses his mom more than usual.  He lays down under a tree that the two used to cuddle under and he falls fast asleep.  He awakens to find a shooting star has landed in some hay very close to him.  Curiosity overtakes him and Oki cautiously inches over to meet this new strange phenomenon.  The novice star introduces himself as Harlo.  Immediately they strike up a best friend relationship and together they make a pact to find Oki's mother.  Oki is thrilled.

We meet many amazing characters as the story unfolds: wise old Mr. Owl, who keeps a close watch over the little kid,  Mr. and Mrs. Sheep, who tenderly nurture Oki through the long, lonely winter while his mother is absent from him, and Ellie and her family, who desire so much to care and adopt him into their human family.  Oki, although grateful for those watching out for him, has his mind and heart set on only one thing... finding his beloved momma. 

"Oki and Harlo, fairytale friends," is written with a message for both the young and old.  It is great read aloud and fun for children who are discovering the world of reading and imagination.

Deep inside we all long for a fairytale life that can transport us into a world of make-believe and wonder.  This magical place is safe and oozing with love and happiness... a place where we can stop and soak in the love before returning back and confronting our own reality once again.   I recommend this sweet, heartwarming book. 

About the author...

My name is Cas Mesterom and I am a Dutch-born writer, poet, model and actor. Although Dutch is my native language, I prefer to write in English as I find the English language more poetic. Having said that, I did write the original of Oki and Harlo, fairytale friends in 1999 in Dutch, but translated it last year and wrote a new ending to the story. The original had a darker conclusion, as fairytales can be dark, but in the current world [of war], I wanted to write an uplifting story about friendship. Basically, why could a goat not be friends with a shooting star?
I wanted to create a world where children can safely go and learn about making friends, being honest and believing in dreams. As well as healthy eating and the real purpose of rainbows!

I write with a message but never preachy. My goal is to entertain and to hope that each of one us can take away something from my writings. As I learn from others, I hope to inspire other people as well. I believe we are all one. Oki and Harlo believe it!

Storywraps rating:   5 HUGS !!!!!

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