Pam Fries, an award-winning artist and illustrator, has published a lovely children’s picture book titled Something’s Eating the Garden.
The gorgeously illustrated book features an amazing garden adventure with a child and Papa. Papa discovers that something is eating his garden and the child tries to solve the mystery by guessing who the creature culprit could be.
The sweet (and curious) child imagines different animals— like an elephant, giraffe, pig or even a crocodile— nibbling on the garden plants.
But to no avail none are the guilty party!
With each turn of the page, the reader is greeted by whimsical, bright and beautiful, full-page illustrations.
It is a delight to the senses and will help create a curiosity of the outdoors, animal life and vegetables for every young child! A wonderful educational tool, for sure.
The Washington State author Pam Fries, published the book soon after the passing of her husband who the character “Papa” was based around. They were together for 40 years, and the book gave her purpose and a place to remember the legacy of her husband.
She has 5 beautiful grandchildren, a dog and many chickens!
Pam enjoys speaking to schools and Women’s groups, creating breath taking art— and working in the garden.
For more information you can follow her here:
Listen to my inspirational and informative conversation with Monica Fullerton of Spouse-ly here on Hodge Podge Podcast:
Las Vegas, Nevada-
Spouse-ly was founded by Monica Fullerton— a determined Air Force military spouse, who wanted to make a difference in the military community that would benefit all military spouses, service members and veterans all over the U.S. 🇺🇸
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Along her military journey she met many talented individuals who own and operate small businesses or have a passion to start one.
After researching social media groups where people asked for certain products or services, it was at that moment she realized how great the need was to create a company that provides a large platform for people to support Mil/Vet spouse & service member owned businesses all over the United States.
That’s when Spouse-ly was born, a one-stop marketplace shop to buy & support Military/Veteran owned businesses. On Spouse-ly you can find both products & services, creating a true one-stop shop.
Spouse-ly is unique in that it provides an option to search for local products and services.
The company’s mission is to continue to provide ongoing resources, training, support, and marketing to help everyone grow to their fullest potential whether they are buying or selling on Spouse-ly.
When you shop on Spouse-ly you are truly supporting talented individuals through a company designed to be inclusive and supportive of the military community.
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I just want to thank each indie bookstore, Barnes and Noble, school, library and other venue that has allowed me to visit for story-time and author events.
It is so crucial for authors to receive this exposure and welcome. I have worked extremely hard to cultivate an educational, fun and engaging program.
I would be so grateful to anyone out there with a young child, grandchild or elementary school aged child who would like for me to visit their school, local bookstore, library or other family friendly venue to reach out to me or the venue and request me to visit!!!
This would help me so much and I would be forever in your debt— and THANKFUL.
Alison Paul Klakowicz
New York, New York—
Poetic Theater Productions’ 5th Annual showcase of original work by veterans—Veterans Voices— expressing their experiences and stories from within and beyond the military will be held this coming Saturday, March 7th at 2pm at Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, New York, NY. The event will feature theater, poetry and music.
According to Eastern North Carolina native and veteran Omar Columbus— whose poetry will be featured at the event, “Poetic Theater Productions’ 5th annual showcase of original work by veterans, Veteran Voices calls upon the traditions of past warrior cultures such as the Greeks, Romans, and Native Americans, who welcomed their military home in rituals of storytelling.
Reviving these practices, military veteran artists take the stage to share their stories and experiences in a way that is both healing and informs others, sharing the moral burden of war.
Following the showcase, there will be a post-show discussion on the movement to support existing and new programming in New York which highlights veteran voices…
Veterans and students can get $15 discount tickets (just choose the veteran or student option when purchasing online)… And please know that any veteran that wants to attend will not be turned away due to a lack of funds.”
For more information on Veterans Voices and to purchase tickets for the event, look here:
-Alison Paul Klakowicz
Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog
Author of the award-winning children’s book, Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck
Today is National Read Across America Day!
What a wonderful way to celebrate by reserving an entire day to create awareness of the love and importance of literacy.
To learn more about how you can celebrate Read Across America Day, look here: https://www.readacrossamerica.org
In honor of Read Across America Day, I decided to share a reading of my book, Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck with you!
Gather your children and put on your listening ears 👂 to enjoy my super cute travel and adventure picture book here:
I hope you take time today to read your favorite books 📚 and travel to new places in your mind!
– Alison Paul Klakowicz
Author of the award-winning travel and adventure picture book, Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck