Inquisitive Gwendolyn is a delightful story of a precocious Phoebe and her first few days of life. The youngest of five, she has so much to learn while in her busy, full nest. She asks many questions and soon knows why her egg had spots, how bugs taste, why her mom has missing tummy feathers and so much more. Most importantly, she learns that asking questions is a good thing.
GWENDOLYN's LEAP OF FAITH
Gwendolyn, the precocious Phoebe, continues to ask questions and learn. The youngest of five, her busy nest seems to be shrinking in size as the baby birds grow. It soon becomes apparent that Gwendolyn has a big decision to make, which makes her very nervous.
GWENDOLYN finds GUMPTION
Gwendolyn, the precocious Phoebe, continues to ask questions and learn. Her world has grown in size and her mother tells her to find Gumption while out of the nest and flying! Determined to make it on her own, she is fortunate to meet new friends while searching for Gumption. The world seems to have many possibilities and her adventures continue.
We really enjoyed listening to the story, reading is such a big part of life so it is exciting to find a new book and learn from it. Wonderful book! It is awesome for kids to have a nice story about life and nature 😊 can’t wait for the next in the series!!! H.C - Sussex, WI
A lovely story about a Phoebe bird family. Educational without being “preachy”. I love the idea that it’s a continuing series! D.V. - Racine, WI
Whimsical and charming while being educational at the same time. Lovely illustrations also by the author! I'm in love with your Gwendolyn and look forward to her future adventures! I particularly enjoyed your narration, which was perfect! And the photographs/illustrations - first rate. That little birdie is a winner. P.C. - Bellingham, WA
Delightful story with beautiful message and illustrations plus some education too. Racine, WI
It’s a beautiful story. Looking forward to the next story… I’m sure all the boys will love it. Every year we watch the birdies here hatch and it’s always fun to see them grow! It’s a nice little message and teaching story, too! M.P. - Salem, WI
Amazing! I listened to you read the book and saw the beautiful pictures! E.O. - Farmington Hills, MI
I just finished watching and listening to your beautiful story! The series will be a hit!!
M.R. - Bonita Springs, FL
Can I post the link for my preschool at home group…. ‘YES’ T.N. - Kenosha, WI
I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet book💖
J.S. - Kenosha, WI
Wonderful book and sweet reading.
C.T. - Racine, WI
A lovely story and expressly told by Deedee. J.C. - Duluth, MN
What a wonderful book! It is so well written, illustrated and narrated all by you! The love you have for the Phoebes shines on every page. MP.R. - Amherst, MA
Well it was a rewarding moment when I leaned back and played your reading of your book. It ended with me not wanting it to end. Looking forward to the next book. I especially liked how much in the book was then reflected in the song I think kids are going to love the book as the kid inside of me did. It also has the most important ingredient and that is "shortening" it was short enough to make me want more. And you illustrated it also. You certainly are talented, and you give hope and value to the individual that is trying to figure things out and so asks questions. The mother bird was not put off by all the questions. Children who are not extended a lot of patience really need this book. Well Done. G.A. - Kalamazoo, MI
I listened to your book read this morning. Beautifully done! I can't wait to snuggle up with the grandkids and read them this wonderful story. Look forward to your next book and the continuation of Gwendolyn's story.
D.H. - Somers, WI
Diane you have written and illustrated a beautiful book! What a treat to listen to the video and follow along with the illustrations. I know these stories will be brightening the days of many!
K.C. - Sauk Rapids, MN
I listened to your sweet story. Loved it and the inspiration behind it! C.L. - Kenosha, WI
I think your children’s book is the bees knees. Good for you! What a creative and educational project in every way. J.G. - Denver, CO
Awesome book and story! E.B. - Canada
Enjoyed the story over my morning coffee!
I LOVE children's picture books...reading to my students (using voices, puppets, props.) was always a favorite activity of mine.
Z..S. - Wyoming, MI
This book is awesome! R.J. - Hillton Head, S.C.
I wanted to let you know that you did an amazing job! I loved the book! Your story was well crafted, flowed nicely, was interesting AND educational! The illustrations, created from photographs, were lovely and expressed a certain tenderness that I thought especially inspiring. I hope you will continue writing and I wish you much success and happiness! M.H. - Scottsdale, AZ
Dee Dee's illustrations are wonderful! And a perfect story too! I appreciate that she's shared this on her blog - and I'll share with the moms we know with young children. M.K. - Denver, CO
This is very cool! I plan on sharing this with our godchildren J S.F. - Atlanta, GA
Such a great achievement, it’s a labor of love. L.K. - Ridgewood, NJ
I am so very, very impressed. You overflow with knowledge of your subjects and the ability to assemble it all together into a most charming and delightful display of your talents.
D.M. - Tucson, AZ
We all thought the book was adorable! My Grandson (2nd grader) was able to read 99% of it to his siblings..... T.Z. - Somers, WI
Thank you for submitting photos -
please share more... it warms my heart ;-)
Thank you Cali for sharing your photo!!
I'm so glad you like my book 😊 I LOVE THAT YOU FOUND A NEST TO WATCH!!!!
Grandma Debbee and Zoe -
Thanks for sharing your photo!
I LOVE your beautiful smile 😊
Handsome Ryder - Thank you for sharing
your happy... joyful... photo!
It put a smile on my face! 😊
I hope you enjoy the pictures in the book
and soon - the story ;-)
Declan - You made a rainy day SUNNY ☀️
when I received your smiling photo!!
I'm so glad you like Gwendolyn's story!
"Katia & Momma with new favorite book 💜"
THANKS for sharing- I LOVE THESE PHOTOS!
Ryder - love your smile! 💜