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Gracie video coming soon

Author Heather Conn had a lot of fun in March doing a book reading at Woods Showcase in Gibsons, BC. Hubby Frank came along as the puppet meister and the duo entertained about a dozen kids and adults. One lucky volunteer in the front row got to ring the bells on an orange goldfish percussion instrument every time that Heather read Gracie’s line “Gotta go, gotta go, I’m a goldfish on the go.”

The event was videotaped and will be available on this website and on the Gracie’s Got a Secret Facebook page. Watch for it soon.

Gracie needs no dolphin training techniques

Curious to find other goldfish books on the Internet, I recently came across some wacky and intriguing titles in a variety of genres:

  • The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
  • Do Goldfish Gallop?
  • Molly the Goldfish Fairy
  • Memoirs of a Goldfish
  • How to Bury a Goldfish: and other ceremonies and celebrations for everyday life
  • Punky Dunk and the Goldfish
  • Goldie the Goldfish (some people have called my character “Goldie” by mistake)
  • My Cat Is In Love With the Goldfish
  • The Two-Thousand Pound Goldfish
  • The Giant Goldfish Robbery
  • Why Goldfish Never Die and so on.

My favourite was the title How to Train Goldfish Using Dolphin Training Techniques by C. Scott Johnson. Gracie doesn’t need such education — after all, she can fly.Ā  In Hollywood, they use wranglers (trainers/handlers) for every creature from horses to maggots, so maybe they even have them for goldfish. I’d love to meet one. Can’t imagine a real goldfish twirling a ball on its nose, can you?

Secretly reading your children’s books?

“Have you been secretly reading your children’s books? You’re not alone. Many of the books aimed at kids, particularly those written for teens and pre-teens, make for great reading for adults too . . . .

“Gracie is a feisty, wee goldfish on the go who becomes an inspiration to the creatures, an alligator and an elephant, that she meets on her journey outside the fishbowl.

“Conn explains that the book helps kids understand a concept that she learned on her own journey of self-discovery in India: the idea of letting go — a Taoist notion. Gracie knows she can do something seemingly impossible and this gives her confidence. The book is a fun read with engaging pictures despite its deeper message.”

— Arts reporter Jan Degrass, Coast Reporter, Sechelt, BC (Nov. 25/11)

Click here to read the complete article online.

Wanna review my book?

If you like my book Gracie’s Got a Secret, why not write a comment on the Gracie blog on this website? Or if you prefer, you could write one on Amazon.com. I’d love to hear from parents, grandparents, children — anyone who appreciates sharing stories with young ones. Let’s inspire the next generation with books and reading!

“Delightful children’s book” — Nov. 17/11

“In this delightful children’s book, a little fish leads the way through a wonderful adventure in which she meets and helps other creatures through their dilemmas by sharing her secret with them. . . . Heather Conn is a skilled children’s author and Lillian Lai’s illustrations are beautifully crafted — giving readers a truly professional product by a talented team.”

— Carol Gardarsson, Editor, The Local, Sechelt, BC (Nov. 17/11)

Gracie’s swimming through Skype

A friend of mine just told me this morning that he’s been reading my book on Skype to his “honorary granddaughter” in Gatineau, Que. Here’s what he had to say:

“She gets her face right up to the camera on her end while I read, then I show her the pictures of Gracie as I go through the book. I put the book close to the camera so that she can see Gracie and her compadres. If I wiggle the book a bit, it seems like Gracie is swimming.

“Now, whenever I connect to Fatoumata, she demands that I pull out Gracie. Since Fatou is only two, I have to shorten your words to keep her attention. She just loves Gracie and this is giving us a wonderful way to stay connected to Fatou and her mom, Julia. You had better get busy cranking out another book so that I will have something to go to when Fatou finally wants more.”

What a wonderful way to connect with a child who’s living far away. I still remember many illustrated books that my mother read to me when I was young. Storytelling is a gift to all ages.