COVER BLURB FOR Joseph’s Cradle:
Joseph and his wife, Mary, expect a baby. With all that is happening, including the government requiring a census, Joseph feels a little overwhelmed and a bit left out of the preparations for the baby. Is there something he can do?
SHORT ESSAY ON JOSEPH’S CRADLE:
The Christmas story about the birth of Jesus is one of the most popular and well known stories around the world. We can only imagine how anxious Joseph and Mary were when they arrived in Bethlehem. Throughout the story, Mary carries herself with dignity and grace. Joseph is steadfast and loyal. Becoming a parent isn’t easy and both Mary and Joseph have to find their own way.
5 SHORT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR STEPHANIE:
#1: What inspired you to write the story?
STEPHANIE: I wanted to write the Christmas story from the view of being expectant parents. I wanted to show how Joseph grew into fatherhood. I think these are all aspects of life we all can identify with.
#2: How long did it take?
STEPHANIE: The story took about a day to write. After editing, I’d say it took about a week.
#3: Did you pick the illustrator?
STEPHANIE: No, I did not. 4RV Publishing selected the illustrator. I think Matthew Hughes did a fantastic job with the illustrations. They have a very soft hearted feel and compliment the story well.
#4: What makes this book special?
STEPHANIE: It’s a look at the Christmas story from a different perspective.
#5: How long have you been writing children's books?
STEPHANIE: About 5 years now. My first children's book, "The Giving Meadow" was published with 4RV Publishing in 2010. It has a great message about sharing and caring for young children as well as telling about Caterpillar's transformation into a butterfly. It's perfect for Easter as it helps young children understand Jesus' story.
Patricia Karwatowicz, 4 stars, Amazon Reviewer:
“Artist Mathew Hughes' soft, time-friendly paintings take us back to Biblical times. This is a sweet Christmas book that could start a discussion about what a young child might like to give the Christ Child for Christmas.”
Rising Star Reviews, 5 Stars, Amazon Reviewer:
Joseph's Cradle is a wonderful story about Joseph, who wanted to do something special for the coming baby. Because he was a carpenter, he gave the best gift he could think of--something made by his own two hands. Children will understand this story.
Suzanne C., 4 Stars, Amazon Reviewer:
This beautifully illustrated picture book with its gentle, sweet story will enliven discussion with the young people in your life about each person's special place in the story we thought we knew.
Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, but now calls California her home. She currently works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. Stephanie has been writing since she was five, when she crafted homemade comic books on the kitchen table. Her previous books with 4RV Publishing include: The Giving Meadow, and First Flag of New Hampshire. Stephanie enjoys coffee, adores chocolate and is currently the Den Leader for her son's Cub Scout Den.
JOSEPH’S CRADLE: is available in print from 4RV Publishing.
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