Next Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m., at the Mount’s Berkshire Family Focus sponsored free Books and Blooms program visitors are going to be treated to a reading from local children’s author Michelle Hill, who will be introduce “Stanley” and his rainforest friends to visitors. *Note: This week’s author is recommended for kids ages 6 and under. Children who attend this reading will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of “Stanley.”
Michelle M. Hill was born in Pittsfield where she resides with her lovable feline Mcgraw. She has been an Early childhood educator at the Boys an Girls Club Children Center of the Berkshires for the past nineteen years, while also pursuing her dream as a children’s book author. Michelle created “Stanley” and his adorable friends, so children could become familiar with animals that live in the rainforests, and to learn the importance of cooperation, kindness, and helping one another. Michelle also user her Stanley puppet and game in her classroom , along with her books “Stanley” and “Stanley: A Present for Suzy” to engage the children in a fun and educational learning experience.
Stanley, a snake in the rainforest, is looking for his sister Suzy. As he slithers along in search of her, he meets a toucan, jaguar, and even a sloth, among others, but none of them have seen Suzy. Can Stanley find her? You’ll have to come to this story hour to find out.
Michelle M. Hill creates these adorable creatures via colorful crayon drawings, and gives young readers a firm understanding of just who they might meet should they travel to the rainforest. “Stanley” is a simple and creative first-step for parents and educators in starting a discussion about other climates and environments with their young children. Hill continues the discussion in her follow-up book “Stanley; A present for Suzy.’