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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES TRACY HELIXON, AUTHOR OF LITTLE ISAAC’S BIG ADVENTURE.


Congratulations on the release of LITTLE ISAAC’S BIG ADVENTURE. Please tell us more about it.

About the book:

What if you could swing so high that you landed on a cloud and traveled through the sky? Isaac finds the answer to this question on a whimsical and windy fall day, full of surprises. He discovers that being small does have its advantages.

What was the inspiration for this book?

Tracy: When I was a little girl, I loved to swing on the swing set.  I used to pump as hard as I could, then look up at the sky and try to reach the clouds.  I always wondered what it would be like to swing high enough to land on one of those clouds.  Also, I wrote the story at a time when my second child sometimes became frustrated because he couldn’t do all the things his big brother could do. Those two concepts came together to inspire LITTLE ISAAC’S BIG ADVENTURE.

What is your favorite moment from the book?

Tracy: My favorite part of the book is actually the first illustrated page, when Isaac hears the wind whispering, but his big brother doesn’t hear it.  Illustrator Jack Foster captured the moment so perfectly – with the colorful fall leaves swirling in the background and Isaac looking up at the sky.  I also like that page because even though Isaac hasn’t realized it yet, he is beginning to learn that he has a special and unique perspective – not in spite of his smallness, but because of his smallness.  I hope the book will help young children to realize how special they truly are, wherever they happen to be in life.

Is this your first published book? 

Tracy: Yes – and I couldn’t be happier to work with the wonderful people at GAP!

We’d love to hear more about you.

Thanks for asking!  I have enjoyed reading and writing for as long as I can remember.  I grew up on books like Frog and Toad are Friends, Danny and the Dinosaur, The Happy Hollisters, and Little House on the Prairie.  When I found a good book, I had a hard time putting it down – even to go to sleep. I am the oldest of five children, and I also have a large extended family.  My siblings, cousins, and I used to write plays and perform them for our families.  My parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents always encouraged our creativity, and I’m so thankful for that.

Today, I am a full-time English teacher at a two-year college in Wisconsin.  My husband and I live in Wisconsin with our three children, who love to make up stories of their own!

Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for LITTLE ISAAC’S BIG ADVENTURE?

Tracy: I am very excited to share this story with young readers!  Because of my teaching schedule, I am still in the process of arranging these kinds of events.  I will post updates to my author website:  www.tracyhelixon.com

How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming LITTLE ISAAC’S BIG ADVENTURE events?

Please visit my website at www.tracyhelixon.com  If you read the book, you can also leave me a note there.  I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for stopping in to share LITTLE ISAAC’S BIG ADVENTURE with us. Readers can purchase their own copy here. We are proud to add it to the ever-growing line of quality titles from Guardian Angel Publishing.

9 comments:

BarbaraB said...

Hi Tracy,
Welcome to the GAP family and Congratulations on what appears to be an appealing book. Best of luck with Little Isacc.

Margot Finke said...

Tracy, it is wonderful to get to know you a little better on this page. And your book looks delightful. congratulations, mate. I wish you every success.

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Susan Hornbach said...

Your book sounds wonderful Tracey. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Wishing you great success.

Penelope Anne Cole said...

Hi Tracy, your book sounds like a lovely adventure. (I saw two cloud bears playing in the sky today!) Welcome.

Sharon Stanley said...

Congratulations Tracy! This sounds like such a cute book and one I can identify with as I was a "hammock swinger" when I was little...I loved that thing. Great good luck with your book!

Nancy Stewart said...

Welcome, Tracy, to GAP and on the publication of Little Isaac's Big Adventure!

All best wishes for great success.

Janet Halfmann http://www.janethalfmann.com said...

Tracy, thanks for sharing. So nice talking with you this past weekend.

Margo Dill said...

What a cute story idea and great cover! I know this one will be a success, and here's to many more to come. :)

Tracy Helixon said...

Thanks so much for all of your kind words and encouragement! The GAP family is the best -- so glad to be a part of it.

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