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Joyce Crawford installs an interesting Book 2 to her Thelma Thistle adventures

Joyce Crawford emphasized the importance of value-laden literature for molding meaningful relationships in real life.

McIntosh, Florida, USA – WEBWIRE

“She learns that one does not need to be beautiful or dainty to be special.”

Every child faces life lesson, and this lovely children’s book is packed with moral lessons that will inspire everyone on how to live bravely and overcome all sorts of emotions.  The characters in this story are rooted in love, the love for children and the love of life.
“The Second Adventures of Thelma Thistle and Her Friends” begins when Thelma and her two best friends, Beetle and Bunny, meet two new characters: Cory Crow and Adam Mouse. Though Thelma does not take an active part in the story, she nevertheless plays a significant role in the character development of the two new characters. Because Thelma, rooted in the soil, cannot go on adventures with her friends, a multitude of children who are also unable run and play with friends will identify with Thelma.
The second installment to the “Thelma Thistle” series features themes of friendship, play, and trust (or mistrust). The dominant attitude that plays a huge factor in the story is envy, exhibited by Thelma.  Readers will understand how such an attitude will affect Thelma – and pave the way for the next story in book 3.
Wrapped with such fantastic-realistic enactment of human values, colorful and fun-filled illustrations of characters, and a vocabulary list for young readers, this book is a great read for children.
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The Second Adventures of Thelma Thistle and Her Friends
Written by: Joyce Crawford
Published by: The Vivien Wilhelmina Publishing Co., LLC
Published date: July 28, 2016
Paperback price: $12
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 sprouted.


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 The Second Adventures
 Thelma Thistle
 Her Friends
 Joyce Crawford

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