Sunday, March 20, 2011


Princess Andrea’s Birthday Surprise
Written by: Ginny Christensen
Illustrated by: Sandy DiLeo
ISBN: 978-1-936046-43-0
Publisher: Mirror Publishing

Author Ginny Christensen has been writing for as long as she can remember. Nicky’s Nocturnal Octopus is the first of her children’s rhyming stories to be published, with this book, Princess Andrea’s Birthday Surprise, following. Ginny resides in Fresno, California with her husband and two children. As a family, they have traveled all over the world. She is currently working on the first of her novels, In Search Of, due to be out at the end of 2009.
Illustrator Sandy DiLeo is a woman of many talents: a musician, composer, teacher, artist, and now illustrator. She also performs in a rock band with her husband.
She currently resides in Foresthill, California with her husband and two children.
When Andrea woke up the morning of her birthday, she was so excited for her princess birthday party. When she got her present, a baby duck, she was overjoyed. Soon, however, the baby duck grew, and was causing problems. Saddened, Andrea knew it was time to set the duck free, but not before giving the duck a present.
This children’s picture book, targeted for girls age four to eight, is told in a rhyming format. I’m not so sure about the duck as a gift, as a parent myself, I was wondering what her parents were thinking, but it demonstrated the boundaries of wildlife captivity on a child’s level. The illustrations were beautiful and the poetic format of the book flowed smoothly. I really loved the duck facts at the end of the book.
Princess Andrea’s Birthday Surprise, is a sad, sweet, and memorable story for children.

Kelly Moran,
Author and Reviewer

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