Middle Tennessee Youth Publishes Children’s Book to Aid Dog Rescue Operation

Saturday, June 30, 2012

My Name Is Walter

My Name Is Walter

Twelve-year-old Laura Rozelle Bagnall and her mother, Paula Rozelle Hanback, stared in horrified disbelief at the Facebook images of a starved cocker spaniel/poodle mix who was thrown from a moving vehicle in the White’s Creek area of Nashville earlier this year. Once her outrage about the abuse of animals set in, the next thing Laura felt was an urgent need to help. She and Paula then combined their creative forces on the development of a children’s book that tells the story of the cockapoo named Walter. The mother-daughter team are donating all profits from the sale of the book to Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue, the organization that tried to save the dog’s life.

“I love drawing, I love books, and I love dogs,” Laura says of her work on the project. “Put the three together and you get My Name is Walter.”

Illustrated by Laura and written by Paula along with her husband James, the book is intended to teach children about responsible pet ownership.
“We wanted to do something to help,” Paula adds. “It just seemed natural for us to use our creative gifts in this way.”

Named Walter in honor of Nashville Councilman Walter Hunt, the man who saved him from the street and turned him over to rescuers, the cockapoo was soon placed into the care of Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue, from where veterinary care was coordinated. Out of that came a WKRN Channel 2 news story, the close involvement of film and television star Ashley Judd, and a massive Facebook following that eventually made Walter a worldwide symbol of the outcome of animal cruelty.

In spite of the outpouring of support from people all over the world, which included children’s drawings, cards, and letters that were taped to the walls of the dog’s room at Animalia Health and Wellness in Franklin, Walter succumbed to his abuse on May 11, 2012, exactly two weeks after he was discovered by Hunt. His struggle has inspired his following, known collectively as Team Walter, to take up the cause of strengthening laws against animal cruelty.

“Walter touched people’s hearts in a special way,” Paula explains. “Together, we can make sure his story leaves a lasting legacy of change for other animals.”

My Name Is Walter (ISBN: 978-1-938271-12-0, Two Peas Publishing) is available in paperback format from twopeaspublishing.com, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and other online retail outlets. Laura, Paula, and James are donating 100 percent of the author profit from sales of the book directly to Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue.

New Children’s Book Focuses on Dealing with Natural Disasters

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Little Toad and the Big Flood

The Little Toad and the Big Flood

When Middle Tennessee residents Jill and Ben Johnson experienced the devastation of the May 2010 floods that destroyed many residents’ homes and lives, they found a unique way to process the experience: by writing and illustrating a children’s book based on the true events of the flood and the story a little toad who happened to have made a residence under the family’s movable basketball goal.

It isn’t the first time Little Toad has seen heavy rain, so he has little trouble falling asleep in the comfortable home he has made for himself under the basketball goal. In fact, the sound of the rain lulls him into a dream in which he finds himself comfortably adrift on a boat, rocking gently back and forth on the waves.

When Little Toad awakes, he discovers that the pleasant dream in his head was kindled by a nightmarish reality. The heavy rain has poured for so long that his home under the basketball goal is flooded. His leaf bed is floating atop the muddy brown water.

Frightened, Little Toad flees his home for the safety of a tall tree. From there, he watches his comfortable basketball goal home float away.

Where will he live now? Where can he go to hide from bigger animals who might eat him?

The Johnsons hope that the story of Little Toad can be used to help child victims of natural disasters cope with the reality of the situation. The Little Toad and the Big Flood (ISBN: 978-0983761075) is now available to booksellers from Two Peas Publishing and to the public from Amazon.com and other retailers.

New Christian Fiction Available from Author Lisa Kaye Presley

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Orphans

The Orphans

There was something strange about the man who was being attacked by the angry mob of villagers in the streets of Jerusalem that day. Timothy, an orphan living on the streets, couldn’t put his finger on it before he was whisked away by Rachael, a kind villager. Rachael and her husband Samuel offer Timothy and his little sister Sarah a place to live and earn their keep, teaching them to be thankful to God for all they have.

So begins the story of The Orphans, a new work of Christian fiction for both children and adults by author Lisa Kaye Presley. The story follows Timothy and Sarah as they adjust to life in their new religious home, learning about God and a mysterious man that Samuel calls “Master.” The the day arrives for the family to go and meet this “Master.” Timothy prepares for the long trip and uncovers his own joy and peace along the way.

The Orphans is now available in both paperback (ISBN: 9780983761006) and eBook (ISBN: 9780983761013) formats from Two Peas Publishing.

Lisa Kaye Presley is a writer living in Donelson, Tennessee. She has lived in Nashville for more than 30 years and considers it home. Her work has been published in The Tennessean and Nashville Banner newspapers. She is currently working on a historical novel about Nashville from the period beginning with the 1918 Influenza epidemic and through the end of World War II.

Daniel’s Question Now Available

Monday, November 30, 2009

Daniel's Question

Daniel's Question

Daniel’s Question (ISBN: 978-0984077328) is a true story in which Daniel, an inquisitive three-year-old, asks his mother, “Did you like being a kid?”

Daniel thinks it would be fun if his mother were his best friend rather than a grown-up. He tells her all the good times they could have if they were about the same age, such as playing in the fort, going swimming, and catching fireflies.

Mom, however, points out everything they would miss if she were not his mother.

Daniel’s Question, written by Kathleen Doyle Smith and illustrated by Bobby Dawson, is published by Two Peas Publishing and available for purchase by booksellers at twopeaspublishing.com. It is available for retail purchase at Amazon.com.



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