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Who is making all that noise? Can it be a lonely little bird?
Stanley the sparrow has just left his mother's nest and is on his own in the world. He tries everything he can think of to be famous and get noticed, for he assumes this is how he can make friends. Finally, a wise gray owl gives him the advice he really needs.
Stanley's fable-like story offers lessons in friendship, persistence, and being true to who we are. The read-aloud book will be enjoyed by ages 3-11 and the young at heart of all ages, and the independent reading level is grades 3-5. Easy-to-read type makes the book perfect for grandparents to read to grandchildren.
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About the AuthorBetty Sydow grew up and has spent most of her life in the Milwaukee area, enjoying camping, swimming, sailing, and racquetball. After retiring from a 30-year nursing career, she stumbled upon a creative writing class and was hooked. The story of Stanley began as a fable but over a year's time grew into a children's book. She asked her artist friend Carolou if she would illustrate Stanley's story, and, months later, Stanley came alive between the covers of his book.
Carolou Lennon Nelsen grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, and spent most of her adult life in the Milwaukee area. She has worked as an art educator, raised two children, and has a master's degree in social work. When her friend Betty Sydow asked her to illustrate her picture book about Stanley the sparrow, she was immediately drawn to its message of the strength of individuality.