Isabella is a young girl who has always dreamed of flying. After a strange encounter with a mysterious "Wind Lady", and with the help of a magic beanie, Isabella's dream comes true. The story is set in the real life village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and inspired by the area's unusual wind patterns and a local legend. Accompanied by her dog, Mullaby, and her flying companion and protector, Red Tail, Isabella embarks on a flying adventure.
Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval and has been awarded The Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award. The average Amazon rating is 5 stars.
“This book has the two hallmarks of a great children's book: (1) wonderful storytelling and (2) incredible illustrations,” writes
Will A. in a review on Amazon.
“Beautifully illustrated and artfully told, my 4 year old granddaughter saw things I missed. I'm afraid this will be one of the books kids don't get tired of and parents will soon know the words by heart. Hope a sequel will soon follow. I can see a series of mini-Mitford tales,” writes Charles Davant in another review.
Jonathan Graves is a retired attorney and native North Carolinian who lives with his wife, Lucy, in Blowing Rock, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. A first time children's book author, Mr. Graves enjoyed creating and telling stories to his children when they were young, and now enjoys doing the same with his five grandchildren. The "story bench," located in the garden of his Blowing Rock home, has become a special place for his grandchildren to create stories of their own, including new and exciting adventures for Isabella and Red Tail as they fly over the North Carolina High Country. The vivid imaginations of his grandchildren, and the charm and winds of Blowing Rock, were the inspiration for the characters and story of "Isabella Propeller."
Gail E. Haley is an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous children's book. Ms. Haley lives in the North Carolina High Country near Blowing Rock in a home filled with memorabilia of her career, not only as an illustrator, but as an author/illustrator, but also as a puppeteer, artist, storyteller and teacher. Ms. Haley won the Caldecott Medal in the United States for the African tale, "A Story, A Story," and uniquely, was also the recipient of the United Kingdom's Kate Greenaway Medal for "The Post Office Cat." She also received Japan's Kodai Tosho Award and the Kerlan Award, among others, for her illustrations.
Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie is available on-line at www.isabellapropeller.com; at http://www.amazon.com/shops/IsabellaPropeller; and at stores listed on the Isabella Propeller website. The Beanie is also available for purchase on-line at www.isabellapropeller.com; at http://www.amazon.com/shops/IsabellaPropeller; and at stores listed on the Isabella Propeller website.
For ages 3 to 9 years