The author of a number of children’s picture books, including the Phoebe Clappsaddle series, Melanie Chrismer frequently speaks at schools and libraries, where she presents hints for developing writing strategies and techniques. She also discusses the history of her native state and gives demonstrations with her practice bull, Medium-Rare. She is also an active member of the Houston chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Women Writing the West, the Texas Coalition of Authors, and the International Reading Association.
Set in the Southwest, this colorful spin on the Chicken Little tale follows Chachalaca Chiquita, a colorful southwestern bird, through her journey after a pebble falls from the sky and hits her right on the head. On a mission to tell the jefe (boss) that the sky is falling, Chachalaca Chiquita joins the feathered flock-Lina Gallina, the prairie hen, and her chicks-and heads to the mountain, passing bugs buzzing, birds flying, lizards snatching, and animals moseying. The pajaros (birds) gather Carlos Cordoniz, the Montezuma Quail, and Pablo Pavo, the wild turkey, and pass by Buho Sabio, the sleepy Elf Owl, on their journey. Suddenly, their adventure takes a turn when they meet sly Tacito Ocelote! Here the group learns that he is the jefe-the one who started it all and has been expecting the odd flock for dinner. In addition to a lesson on bravery, this story includes Spanish vocabulary and a glossary of terms. Vibrant illustrations incorporate a variety of southwestern animals sure to keep readers young and old engaged.
What: Melanie Chrismer will discuss and sign her new picture book, Chachalaca Chiquita.
When: Saturday, October 20, noon.
Where: Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079
Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet Melanie Chrismer for book personalization, please purchase Chachalaca Chiquita from Blue Willow Bookshop.
A limited number of autographed copies of Melanie’s books will be available for purchase after the event. If you cannot attend the event, but would like a personalized copy of her book, and can stop in and pick up the book, please call us before the event at (281) 497-8675. See below if you would like to order a copy online and have it shipped to you.
Location: Street: 14532 Memorial Dr City: Houston, Province: Texas Postal Code: 77079 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)