Youngtown Art Festival.

We had a great time out in Youngtown, Arizona for their “Art in the Park” festival. Great to speak to so many people, pass out some bookmarks, make a few sales. Fun, casual. Thanks for stopping by.

banner hanging at youngtown az city hall with dates and times of the youngtown art in the park show 201

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Leave a Book: Little Free Library in Yuma, Arizona

On a recent outing to the Yuma Storytelling Festival, we stopped by the Little Free Library at Arizona Western College. Who doesn’t want to see a TARDIS-shaped library? Michelle inscribed and donated a copy of Apples for the Princess to the library. If you don’t know much about these libraries, you can learn more on the website here.

pictures of the little free library in yuma arizona

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“Apples for the Princess” in the News!

michelle buvala sits at a table of books from teh apples for the princess series
We’re pleased and grateful for the front-page article from the West Valley View in Avondale, Arizona. There are a two great pictures and a good article that talks a bit more about the philosophy of the author and illustrator. Thank you to the WVV team who put this together. Above is a picture of Michelle Buvala, the illustrator for Apples for the Princess (Amazon Link) book. Taken at the “Art is Alive” festival in Goodyear, Arizona.

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Free Coloring Pages: Apples for the Princess

a sample of a free coloring page for kids

As part of our kick-off for the new “Apples for the Princess: A Fairytale about Kindness and Honesty,” we added a few free coloring pages for you to download and give to your kids (or you can keep them for yourself, à la an adult coloring book, too.) Find the links to the free pages by scrolling down the posting at this link now. Enjoy!

Speaking of an “adult coloring book,” you should really watch this site for news very soon. Or, join our Emailing list over on this side of the page here. >>>>>>

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Fairytales Teach…Part Three

Are fairytales any good any more for modern audiences, for kids, for schools, for life? The fairytale has taken somewhat of a beating of late. Thought to be too “this” or “that,” it’s easy to miss the teachable moments in the middle of trying to seek balance in these older stories…or the new ones being made. Here are a few of our thoughts. This is the third posting in the series. You can see the first post at this link now. The second post is at this link here. The illustrations in this collection are from our “Apples for the Princess” kid’s book. Please feel free to Pin or Book or Tweet or link to us on social media. More thoughts after the pictures…

7. Fairytales teach that you might find the answers in surprising places and people.
fairytales teach that you might find the answers in surprising places and people applesfortheprincess.com

8. Fairytales teach that you really can’t control everything.
Fairytales teach that you really can't control everything. applesfortheprincess.com

9. Fairytales teach that a simple solution might be all you need.
Fairytales teach that a simple solution might be all you need. applesfortheprincess.com

It’s important, we think, that we understand that nothing children (especially) encounter is done in a vacuum of experience. As parents, we need to actively engage in all media from ancient tales to modern phone screens. What is your child seeing? All media can be used to teach, even the moments that you think the child “isn’t ready for.” Engage. Look at your kids. Tell them fairytalesor read them. 🙂 .

If you found this series of posts to be helpful, we hope you’ll consider picking up an affordable copy of Michelle’s book in paperback or Kindle. Thank you.

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Video: Apples for the Princess (Book Trailer)

Our latest book! You can get this fun kid’s book at Amazon.com right now. Paperback and Kindle currently available!



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Fairytales Teach…..Part Two

Are fairytales any good any more for modern audiences, for kids, for schools, for life? The fairytale has taken somewhat of a beating of late. Thought to be too “this” or “that,” it’s easy to miss the teachable moments in the middle of trying to seek balance in these older stories…or the new ones being made. Here are a few of our thoughts. This is the second posting in the series. You can see the first post at this link now. Part Three is linked at the bottom of this post. The illustrations in this collection are from our “Apples for the Princess” kid’s book. Please feel free to Pin or Book or Tweet or link to us on social media. More thoughts after the pictures…

4. Fairytales teach that life requires a journey.
Fairytales teach that life requires a journey. http://www.applesfortheprincess.com

5. Fairytales teach that things are not always what they seem.
Fairytales teach that not everything is at it first appears. applesfortheprincess.com

6. Fairytales teach that even those who live in castles have problems.
Fairytales teach that even those who live in castles can have big problems. applesfortheprincess.com

It’s important, we think, that we understand that nothing children (especially) encounter is done in a vacuum of experience. As parents, we need to actively engage in all media from ancient tales to modern phone screens. What is your child seeing? All media can be used to teach, even the moments that you think the child “isn’t ready for.” Engage. Look at your kids. Tell them fairytalesor read them. 🙂 .

GO to Part Three at this link now.

If you found this series of posts to be helpful, we hope you’ll consider picking up an affordable copy of Michelle’s book in paperback or Kindle. Thank you.

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New Video: Making of Art

Here’s a new video from our latest kid’s book project. In this short and casual video, Michelle is making some of the art for the “Apples for the Princess” book. Just a few moments of watching her create, along with some, umm, narration. Enjoy. Get the book at Amazon, too. 🙂

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