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Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Fuzzwippers Find Good Listeners to be published on September 24.

This fall, just in time for the changing of the season, 4 Sunflowers Media will publish Fuzzwippers Find Good Listeners ($8.99, ages 3-7) by Marilynn Halas, illustrated by Jeremy Provost, the second in a collection of ten storybooks that facilitate children’s social-emotional development by helping children learn the skills they need to live happy and balanced lives.

Each story book in the Fuzzwippers series focuses on a different life skill—everything from how to be a good listener to playing fair. Through engaging storytelling, children are guided and supported by a friendly and magical Fuzzwipper creature, which always assures them that “they are loved, no matter what.”

Fuzzwippers Find Good Listeners follows Fuzzoola the Fuzzwipper and Katherine as they share their adventures and stories, and set out to help others learn how to communicate with their favorite buddies. A list of listener tips for kids is located at the end of the book, including tips such as “listen with your whole body” and “take turns talking.”

The Fuzzwippers were introduced to children earlier this year in Hello, We’re the Fuzzwippers. They are imaginary creatures that reach out to children or anyone who needs a friend, assuring them that they are wanted and needed. Fuzzwippers appear at the change of each season.

“Fuzzwippers were born from a story I made up for my daughter, Elizabeth, when she was about 6 years old,” said Marilynn Halas. “She came out of school looking tired and overwhelmed and I did what I always did, I told her a story. My gloves had pompoms on them and there was a loose one in my pocket. I took it out and gave it to her as though it was a living creature. When she held it close to her, I saw the first smile of the afternoon and I knew this would be a story worth telling.”

About Marilynn Halas:
Marilynn Halas is a children’s book author, life coach and founder of 4 Sunflowers Media, a multimedia company whose mission is to empower children and parents through storytelling. Raised both in New Jersey and Northern Ireland, Marilynn uses her experience to infuse a deep understanding of the human condition into fantastic characters and situations that surprise, delight and reassure her readers. She currently lives in rural Connecticut with her husband and four children.

About Jeremy Provost
Jeremy Provost is the illustrator of Jumpin’ Jackie and The Cow That Jumped Over the Moon. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Illustration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He currently resides in Oconomowoc, WI.

Gina Conroy used to think she knew where her life was headed, now she’s leaning on the Lord to show her the way. She is the founder of Writer…Interrupted,and tries to keep things in perspective, knowing God’s timing is perfect, even if she doesn’t agree with it! 😉 Her first book Cherry Blossom Capers releases from Barbour Publishing in January 2012. On her blog and twitter she chronicles her triumphs and trials as she pursues her dreams while taking care of family.

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