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Book Title: THE ELEGANT EMU (a Harmony Adventure) by Karen M. Bobos
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 40 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book, Fairy Tale
Publisher: Bobos Babes, Ltd.
Release date: June 2022
Content Rating: G for everyone.
The magical sisters are enrolled in an etiquette class when their manners are not fit for the king and queen of the enchanted land of Harmony. Can Elizabeth the Emu help the royal sisters?
In the beautiful and peaceful land of Harmony, three magical sisters, the Bobos Babes, uproot the kingdom's tranquility with some not-so-polite actions -nose-picking, belching, and other noisy...expulsions. Their parents, the King and Queen, enroll the sisters in the elegant Elizabeth the Emu's etiquette class where they learn manners and other ways to self-improve like being on time, politeness, and proper personal hygiene.
Elizabeth the Emu explains to Angel Scarlet, Princess Daphne, and Fairy Cora that having proper etiquette is more than good manners, it's about being kind and courteous. And for the sisters? Well, let's just say that they will be needing more than one lesson from Elizabeth the Emu's etiquette class.
The Land of Harmony is a place of magic. The King and Queen raise Scarlett, Daphne & Cora with grace and good manners, but then things just happen. The addition of Elizabeth, the Emu, makes for a very cute and entertaining story. You see, Elizabeth's pet peeve is manners, and she is about to teach the girls etiquette.
The illustrations are bright and cheerful, well-drawn and a nice eye-catching addition of soft colors that draw your attention. Any child would be engrossed in the images. It's a well-written easy to read story that involves lessons for a child to learn. I enjoyed the message. It's a short story that will hold a child's attention.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and willingly choose to review it.
Karen M. Bobos is the multi-award-winning author of the Adventures in Harmony series, which was created in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. While living in a city of unrest, her family left Chicago to stay with her mother in Northwest Indiana for several months. She and her husband were determined to keep life filled with wonder and magic for their three daughters, Scarlett (6), Daphne (5), and Cora (3). The Adventures in Harmony series was created to entertain her daughters during their stay at Gigi’s home and is filled with characters from the sisters’ world. Everyone deserves to escape to a land filled with love and adventure where creatures co-exist and happiness awaits.
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What is your favorite part of The Elegant Emu?
I had fun writing the end of the book when Elizabeth comes home from a long day of teaching the royal sisters. She’s this elegant creature that these sweet young sisters flipped into a hot mess after one day with them. This is how I feel most days after taking care of my three children. My sister-in-law truly has a wonderful, doting husband and their children are precious. I could only imagine them running to take care of her after a long day at work.
Where do you write?
I prefer to write in my office when the kids are in school, and I have quiet to think. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Unfortunately, that is often not the case … LOL. With three children under eight years old, my quiet time is far and few between. I often write while sitting at a table at their gymnastics studio while they are in class. It’s not super quiet, but I can zone into my writing there.
Do you write every day?
I would LOVE to write every day. I try to as I notice that the more often that I write, the better and more creative my stories are. It’s true for writing as for anything else, practice makes perfect.
What do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?
Well, I am a very busy mom of three. When I am not doing “mom stuff,” I love working on decorating our home. We have a 1929 vintage condo in Chicago that I am constantly working with contractors to restore. We recently bought a lake house in Indianapolis, so I am so excited to begin working on decorating and renovation projects on that home. I also love hanging out with our giant Bernese Mountain Dog, Luke.
Luke, your giant Bernese Mountain Dog, is also in your books. Is he really “giant?”
Yes! The real Luke weighs 140lbs. The average male Bernese Mountain Dog weighs around 100lbs. He’s a big boy. When he was younger, we would put the girls on his back and pretend to have them ride him. Now that he is 9 years old, we just shower him with lots of love.
What do you think makes a good story?
I love adding humor to my stories. I often find myself giggling while I write. My hope is for mom and dad to enjoy reading the books as much as the children do.
What do you hope your readers learn from The Elegant Emu?
Well, obviously some etiquette tips that are wrapped into the story. I think it’s important to know that no one is perfect, even royal, magical sisters. There is always room for improvement in our lives. Having proper etiquette is more than behaving well, it’s about being kind to others.
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