Once Upon a Parsnip
Where do four out of five fairy godmothers shop for groceries? At the Fairytale Market, of course—where a certain trio of famous pigs sell garden-variety produce along with items of a more enchanted sort: magic bean stew, glow-in-the-dark breadcrumbs and poison apples, to name a few. When Little Red and old Bully Wolf walk through the doors of this marvelous market just minutes apart—Little Red needing parsnips for Granny Hood’s lunch, Mr. Wolf on the hunt for a three-piggy brunch—a battle of wits ensues.
This lively, rhyming fairytale rematch is a great read-aloud, especially for a reader who loves to take on the voices of different characters. In addition, with the dialogue printed in different colored ink for each character, it's perfect for Readers' Theatre or an all-out children's theatre production.
Contemporary folk artist Ben Mann, who also hails from Bellingham, dishes up his distinctive style to bring the castles, cottages and characters of Fairytale Land to vibrant life. Ages 4-8.
About Barbara Jean Hicks (Bellingham, Washington Author)
Award-winning author, storyteller, speaker and educator Barbara Jean Hicks has published eight picture books, including ONCE UPON A PARSNIP, MONSTERS DON’T EAT BROCCOLI, A SISTER MORE LIKE ME and THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER KITTY.
Barbara has taught at the preschool, middle school and community college levels and worked in an urban elementary school as author-in-residence, program facilitator and parent educator. She has also written adult novels and novellas and marketing copy for numerous businesses and trade publishers and worked as an editor and proofreader.
Based in Northwest Washington state, Barbara travels extensively to deliver her highly rated Young Author and Family Literacy programs to students, teachers and parents throughout the U.S.
About Kevin R. Wood (Co-Author)
Kevin R. Wood teaches elementary school English Language Learners for Seattle Public Schools. Kevin uses fairytales and everyday items such as foods to help his students learn English in fun and creative ways. One day he showed up at a writers' critique group with an ad featuring all the foods to be found in classic fairytales. He and award-winning children's author Barbara Jean Hicks worked together to create ONCE UPON A PARSNIP, a lively, rhyming fairytale rematch that incorporates the foods and characters from those tales. ONCE UPON A PARSNIP is Kevin's picture book debut.