Paxton’s dream is to play the piccolo in the Princeton Philharmonic. This plucky pink pachyderm patiently practices to perfectly fulfill his passion in this picture book that shows little readers how hard work makes dreams come true.
Filled with plenty of pleasant and perky illustrations, Paxton Plays the Piccolo is a picture book perfect for children that love animals and music. With so many P-word pronunciations and perfectly-timed alliterations, it’s written to be a joy for little readers and their grown-ups to read aloud. Paxton is ready to provide the promise that if you follow your heart, practice certainly does make perfect.
When my first Siamese cat gave birth to six kittens on my bed, my appreciation for differences and the love of cats started. Cats and students have been a big part of my life for fifty years. Creative Writing was among the high school English courses I taught over my forty years in the classroom. I always wrote with my students. It provided me with knowledge of the assignment and led me down my own path of discovery. After retirement I was able to follow my passion of writing for young readers. I enjoy reading my books in elementary school classrooms and talking to my audience. They always provide me with amazing ideas and I have been able to use some of them to create new stories. I live in Colorado with my husband and one senior cat. I also enjoy being an active grandmother.
As I grew up, I was taught to keep working. Don't give up. If it was hard, find a new approach. I was taught that some things might take a little longer. Just don't give up. Some things I did try were more of a challenge than I wanted.
I passed that idea on to my daughters. They are extremely successful to this day because they kept trying.
As Paxton says, "I'm not a quitter." His persistence pervailed and his dream was fulfilled.
My daughter, Kris, who created the original Paxton, used that idea to encourage young readers. We teamed up and added Gasper's magic to present a fun story with a good life lesson.