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Local Author Highlight: “Mr. Downy and Miss Blue”

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Step into the enchanting world of “Mr. Downy and Miss Blue,” a captivating children’s book by Hernando County resident Kathleen Carter. This delightful tale follows the life of Mr. Dawson Downy, a cheerful woodpecker, and his diverse group of friends in Miss Blue’s vibrant garden. The story takes an unexpected turn when Mr. Downy encounters a bird that looks remarkably like him, sparking a journey of change, bravery, and unlikely friendships. This unique narrative is sure to pique the curiosity of young readers.

Helen Gottberg’s vivid illustrations beautifully complement the intriguing story in the book. Gottberg’s illustrations capture the essence of the characters and their picturesque environment, adding depth and visual appeal to the narrative.

“Mr. Downy and Miss Blue” is not just a story; it’s a learning adventure. Kathleen Carter thoughtfully includes educational elements in the book, such as a set of reflection questions and a child-friendly glossary at the back. These additions encourage critical thinking and comprehension, making the reading experience both enjoyable and informative for young readers. The book also features hidden moons and faces within the illustrations, a delightful interactive element that will surely engage children as they read.

“Mr. Downy and Miss Blue” is more than just a story; it is a passion project for Kathleen Carter, a testament to her dedication to inspire creativity and a love for nature in children. The inclusion of poster-sized images used for book readings and bookmarks as gifts further enhances the interactive and engaging nature of her presentations, making it a truly immersive experience for her audience.

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A little bit about the author:
Animals have always captivated Kathleen, who is also passionate about helping those in need. She grew up in Lafayette, Indiana, and earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from Purdue University, where she worked as a tutor in the writing lab. Kathleen later earned her master’s degree in secondary administration and went on to become a teacher, assistant principal, and eventually a middle school principal in Indianapolis. She now lives a full life, enjoying time with her children and grandchildren.

You can order “Mr. Downy and Miss Blue” through the links below:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Walmart
Thrift Books
https://www.littleshopofstories.com/book/9798887313115

Illustration from the book "Mr. Downy and Miss Blue"
Illustration from the book “Mr. Downy and Miss Blue”

Summer Hampton
Summer Hampton
Summer Hampton is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in communication focused in culture and media. She is Poynter ACES certified in editing through the Poynter Institute, with a certificate of book publishing obtained through the University of Denver.
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