Friday, March 6, 2015

Children’s book to assist area humane organizations:A Guest Blog By Author Tracy Ahrens

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: Today it is our pleasure to present a special project from an author we first featured on our blog back on January 9, 2012 when we reviewed her book: Raising My Furry Children by Tracy Ahrens.  Since that time Tracy has become a special friend who we cherish. Today it is our pleasure to present her latest project, as a Guest Blog written by Tracy.

Children’s book to assist area humane organizations 

Over 20 years ago artwork for a children’s story, “Sammy Sparrow’s First Flight” was born. I was on holiday break from college and sat on the floor in my bedroom using chalks to free images for the story that lived in my mind. The images have been tucked away in a scrapbook album until now. “Sammy Sparrow’s First Flight” (ages 2-8) was released Dec. 25, 2014 by Guardian Angel Publishing. It is my third children’s book. In conjunction with the book, I have created the Sammy Shelter Project to help NINE area humane organizations with the book sales. By ordering through the project website, $2 from each book purchase will be donated to the organization chosen and noted on the form. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THAT PAGE .

 Current humane organizations set to benefit from this project are: It's a Pittie Rescue (Peotone, Il.), New Beginnings for Cats (Bourbonnais, Il.), River Valley Animal Rescue (Momence, Il.), Cache Creek Animal Rescue (Anna and Joliet, Il.), Grassroots Animal Rescue (Medinah, Il.), Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County (Beecher, Il.), Iroquois County Animal Rescue (Iroquois, Il.), Kankakee County Humane Foundation (St. Anne, Il.) and Because Animals Really Kount (Kankakee, Il.).

 In “Sammy Sparrow’s First Flight,” a young sparrow named Sammy quickly learns why parents set rules. He was told not to fly alone at night. His wings are weak and Sammy falls into a bush below. The world looks scary from the ground. A friendly owl flies Sammy back home to sleep under his parents’ wings. The story is based on my childhood years of rescuing baby sparrows that fell out of a multi-room birdhouse high up on a pole in a neighbor’s backyard.

Initially I went to college to be a veterinarian and changed my major to English. I continue to help creatures with the written word, my art and volunteering for humane organizations. It’s only fitting that I finally let Sammy fly with a mission to help area humane organizations I have grown to know and volunteer with. You can also find information about the project on Facebook under Sammy Shelter Project.



 To donate to a participating rescue organization, you must use the form available for download from the Sammy Shelter Project website. Otherwise, “Sammy Sparrow’s First Flight” can be ordered in eBook form ($5) and print form ($9.95 + $5.95) through Guardian Angel Publishing, www.guardianangelpublishing.com. It can also be ordered in print form through a variety of other book order sites such as www.barnesandnoble.com and Amazon.com.

Book information: www.guardianangelpublishing.com Print ISBN: 9781616335847; 161633584X eBook ISBN: 9781616335854; 1616335858 Author Contact Information: Tracy Ahrens, Momence, Il. 815-472-0038 mylittleforie@yahoo.com  Click here to visit the Author website:  

Book & Author Facts:  Tracy is the author of six books, two that are designated to help humane organizations.  She is a 20-plus-year veteran journalist and editor. She is also an artist who has donated pet portraits for charity events to benefit humane organizations. One portrait is on permanent display at the Cat Fanciers’ Association Foundation cat museum in Alliance, Ohio and another is displayed in the House Rabbit Society's Rabbit Center in Richmond, Calif.  Tracy is the parent of three cats (Joan of Arc and Jack Sparrow who were found as kittens, and Forest who was adopted at age 4 months) and one dog (Trucker who was adopted at age 5).  Trucker was adopted from the Kankakee County Humane Society which is now the Kankakee County Humane Foundation.  Forest was adopted from New Beginnings for Cats.  Tracy is a founding member of B.A.R.K (in 2000) and a founding member of the Kankakee County Animal Foundation which merged with the Kankakee County Humane Society (in 2010) and was renamed Kankakee County Humane Foundation.

20 comments:

  1. How cute. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. What wonderful work and such a special project too......we love the artwork - childrens books have messages that go well beyond the ears of a child and touch everyone of all ages.

    Hugs, Sammy and Mom

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  3. How wonderful! We are going to order the book.

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  4. Sounds like a great project! Very often children's books should be read by everyone! They are works of art!

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  5. Aw this is fantastic!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  6. That looks like a wonderful book and how great that they are donating some of the proceeds too.

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  7. That boom is seriously cute!

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  8. It looks like a wonderful book, such sweet illustrations. We wish her much success with it!

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  9. What a wonderful message! We hope she has continued success with it.

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  10. Writing for a great cause. Yes indeed.

    Have a terrific day. Scritches to Cody. :)

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  11. What a great message. And the illustrations are so wonderful!

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  12. That is a great project and lovely illustrations.

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  13. That sounds like such a sweet story and book and Tracy sounds like a very special person!

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  14. What a wonderful project and sweet book. We wish Tracy the best in her endeavours :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  15. How wonderful that Tracy is donating proceeds toward so many great rescues. The story sounds sweet and lovely and we wish her all the best. She and I share something in common - we both like to help animals in need with the written word.

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  16. Pawsum posty and pawsum helps.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi ad Lexi

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  17. It's wonderful that Tracy is using her talents to help homeless animals!

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