Fox and Crow Teaser Video

Just a little video of Michelle working on the artwork for the next “The Fox and the Crow: Art and Stories Inspired by Aesop” book. Enjoy.

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Thanks from the Avondale KidFest 2016

So good to see so many people at the Avondale KidFest this year. Here’s some pics. Thanks to our whole team. We worked with families to help their kids “make and take” nearly 200 paper visors! For this event, that was 1 per minute! So much fun.


Book-Marking Foxes

We have the new bookmarks for “The Fox and the Crow: Art and Stories Inspired by Aesop” book, coming at the end of August. Here you see our big package of bookmarks all ready for the goodie bags at the Avondale KidFest on April 9th. We’re one of the sponsors under our “The Story-Skilled Child” banner. Much fun.
bookmarks for the new fox and crow book from story skilled child

Pendergast School-District Kindergarten Event

Michelle and Sean were recently at the “Welcome to Kindergarten” for the Pendergast School District in Avondale, Arizona. 100 lucky families received a free copy of the DADDYTELLER book from Sean. PESD uses a bee as a mascot (“We BEE-lieve in You!”)…so Sean captured the moment in a photo. Thanks for hosting us, good PESD folks!


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Michelle’s Merry Christmas Adult Coloring Book (Video)

Here’s a look at most of the interior of our latest adult coloring book from Small Tooth Dog. Learn more at

screen capture from video of adult coloring book for christmas

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New Video: Interior of Icons of Fairytales Adult Coloring Book

Here’s a quick look at the interior of the Icons of Fairytales adult coloring book. Enjoy!

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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

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

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

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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