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Children’s Author Joyce Crawford Follows Up on “Thelma” Series with Third Book

New adventures await Thelma Thistle and her friends, plus new lessons – and words – to live each day for avid readers of the children’s chapter book series.

McIntosh, Florida, USA – WEBWIRE

Third time’s the charm for the creator of the “Thelma” series.

The world of Thelma Thistle expands with every book. She who used to be “just a plain little thistle” (in the first book) shines brightly in “The Third Adventures of Thelma Thistle and Her Friends.” As the title suggests, this is the third installment of the Thelma series and is equally fun, heartwarming, and educational as the first and second books – if not more.
In “The Third Adventures of Thelma Thistle and Her Friends,” Thelma learns two lessons the hard way. First, it takes courage to admit and acknowledge one’s own wrongdoing and probably more courage to apologize to the person offended; and second, first impression is not always accurate (or in the case of Thelma and her friends, one should not judge people by the way they dress).
What bothers Thelma so bad that she needs to apologize to a friend? What impression or, rather, suspicion do Thelma and her friends have about Rudy Raccoon? A story rich in themes of friendship, love, forgiveness, and remorse await readers of “The Third Adventures of Thelma Thistle and Her Friends.”

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The Third Adventures of Thelma Thistle and Her Friends
Written by Joyce Crawford
Published by The Vivien Wilhelmina Publishing Company, LLC 
Published date: January 15, 2016
Paperback price: $12 – online
About the Author
Joyce Crawford grew up in the little southern town of Hawthorne, Florida in the 1950’s. She was blessed by having three generations of loving family nearby. One of her happiest memories was living next door to her great Uncle Delbert in a sweet little white house with green trim located just across the overpass. The author remembers southern charms of cows grazing in orange groves just across the back fence, a bird dog named Major, who took every opportunity to jump in the back of the pick-up-truck if Uncle Delbert happened to go near the shed; mocking birds singing happily in ancient magnolia trees; and the sweetest memory of all, grandma and grandpa’s house in the middle of a pecan grove.

One less than happy memory was hearing yelps of pain from her older brother when he stepped on a prickly pear while mowing the yard (mowing in protest, she might add). How a prickly pear morphed into a sweet little thistle named Thelma is unknown. The author’s first inspiration came from her first grade teacher, a novice teacher named Miss Seltzer. There was an on-going competition among the first-grade girls to see who could run fastest back to the classroom after lunch. The two winners received the coveted nap-time space under the teacher’s desk. The rainbow-colored petty coats were not the only inspiration Miss Seltzer unknowingly bestowed. It was a teacher’s love of the children and love of teaching that left the biggest impression on this little first-grade girl. “Thelma” was thirty years in the making.

The inspiration for “Thelma” came by way of the 1988 comedy movie, “The Funny Farm,” staring Chevy Chase. The author jotted down her initial thoughts but those pages lingered in a box for thirty years next to her son’s first pair of shoes. Once retired, the author again picked up pen to paper and “Thelma” was finally born.

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 Her Friends

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