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Children's book 'Figler: My Imaginary Friend' offers positive message

The new children’s book Figler: My Imaginary Friend by local third grade teacher Erica Taylor tells the story of self-realization through the magic of imagination. The book which is due out April 15, 2014, was inspired by the imaginary friend by Taylor’s small daughter. Mrs. Taylor recently revealed in an interview that when the book was completed, the precocious little girl, fully aware of her contribution, wanted to know why her name wasn’t on the book as well. The fact that this book is taken from a real experience makes it all the more compelling. But Figler is much more than just a fun read with cute illustrations. It teaches children a positive and valuable lesson about self-esteem, showing them how to look inward and find their own amazing abilities.The book’s whimsical illustrations were done by Mr. Piecrust, who is described by Taylor as “illusive”. Not much is known about Mr. Piecrust except that he is obviously a very talented artist, adept at creating unique and lively illustrations.Erica Taylor, originally from Wheatley, Arkansas, is also a noted athlete who played for the WNBA, and is married to former middleweight boxing champion Jermaine Taylor of Little Rock.

FALKENSEE, GERMANY - OCTOBER 15: Jessica, a mother of two and who only recently began coming to the food bank, looks among used children's books for sale at the Falkenseer Tafel food bank on October 15, 2013 in Falkensee, Germany.
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