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Eli's Envy

   Many animals live in the heart of Africa. A young monkey named Eli lives there.
   One day, Eli’s mother noticed that Eli looked sad.
   “Eli, why do you look sad?” his mother asked.
   Eli said, “Let me show you.” Eli took his mother’s hand. They walked to the African savannah. A savannah is a large, flat grassy area with many animals...
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Eli's Envy

Book Description (Annotation)

Eli’s mother and Abe, the owl, teach Eli to not be jealous of other animals who live in the savannah and jungle near his home in Africa.

Imprint: Nefu Books

ISBN-13: 978-0-9831151-3-7
Binding 1: hardcover

Pages: 24
Publication date: October 30, 2011

Price: US $19.95

ISBN-13: 978-1-937622-06-0
Binding 2: softcover on sale soon
Publication date: December 7, 2011

Price: US $12.95

BISAC subjects: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance; JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Jungle Animals.

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Roland C. Barksdale-Hall

Laura Barron

Laura Barron lives in Canton, Georgia with her husband and three “children”—a dog and two cats. She works for Dickinson & Associates in Woodstock, Georgia, as one of three trial lawyers pursuing justice for individuals and families. In April 2010, Laura visited Africa for the first time and quickly fell in love with the people, culture, and wildlife. She is involved with the non-profit organization, Hope2Africa, which focuses on training and encouraging African youth to develop their gifts in the areas of creative writing, music, drama, and art. For more information about this ministry, go to www.Hope2Africa.com.

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Kimberly Lofton Rowland

Kimberly Lofton Rowland lives in Georgia with her loving husband, Ben, and daughter, Skyla. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Georgia Southern University. Kim taught Art in the Georgia public school system for seven years. She currently works as a freelance artist and illustrator. Her paintings are shown in galleries in the Southeast United States and are purchased by art collectors all over the U.S. Visit her website at www.kimrowlandart.com to learn more about her.

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What a magical book! Hidden within the story of Eli’s misguided feelings about himself are lessons of Africa, love, and wisdom. The vibrant, whimsical, bold colors on every page add a delightful joyfulness to the story. Children can’t help but learn, laugh, and feel good about themselves. They will treasure this story for years to come.

— Deborah Jordan, library teacher, Walpole Public Schools, member Massachusetts School Librarians Association

Eli’s Envy is a colorful story with strong vocabulary and a powerful lesson on self-worth and self-concept. Using rich illustrations and identifiable characters, it teaches that everyone has value based on their unique abilities and gifts.

— Kendra Ianitello, literacy coach

With vibrant color and broad brush strokes, Eli’s Envy paints a wise-owl truth about being happy with who you are.

— Roland Barksdale-Hall, children’s author and former managing editor, Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Newsletter


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