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Children’s Book Encourages Kids to Explore Nature

This is a delightful read that introduces nature and country life to children who grew up in the city.

Minneapolis, MN – WEBWIRE

It is my hope that my readers will step out of the hustle and bustle, the noise and distractions of the city and find tranquil moments in visits to the country full of natural wonders,” Barksdale further comments about her book.

Author Colleen Barksdale hopes to bring children closer to nature with her charming children’s book: “The Little Woods Runner.”
“The Little Woods Runner” is a true story based on a little girl’s visits to her grandparents’ home in the country. Growing up in the city, the little girl discovers wonders in nature that are fascinating and new to her young eyes. Join her as she falls in love with the natural beauty in the surroundings her curious and lovely self explores.
Author Barksdale’s granddaughter is the inspiration behind this enjoyable children’s literature. Just as she watched her granddaughter fall in love with nature, the author wishes that the young readers of her book will do the same and find love and wonder in their natural environment.
When asked about the appeal of “The Little Woods Runner,” the author replies: “The best aspects of this book are its appeal to family, multicultural in nature and the expertise of my illustrator’s watercolor representations of real photographs. The chemistry of family and how this story unfolded is what makes this story a miracle.”
Barksdale is a retired teacher and grandmother who lives in northern Minnesota. She taught elementary school for 25 years and served in the United States Army for 14 years. Her other books include her autobiography, “Nakedness: Covered in Blood,” and a humorous children’s book, “The Butcher, the Bakers, the Community Makers.”
The book’s illustrator, Andra Guzzo, is a practicing artist and teacher in South Dakota. She earned a BA in art and education from Austana University. Guzzo’s works have appeared in galleries and art shows around Sioux Falls, South Dakota. “The Little Woods Runner” is her first book illustration.
The Little Woods Runner
Written by Colleen Barksdale
Illustrated by Andra Guzzo
E-book | $9.99
Paperback | $19.99
Book copies are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online book retailers.
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