The Beautiful Swan
Overview - Gabrielle, a swan, can't land gracefully in the lake, and she's embarrassed by her belly flop in front of the flock. Buddy, a field mouse, can't swim, but that doesn't deter him from trying to help Gabrielle learn how to peacefully land in the water. Read more...
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More About The Beautiful Swan by David Wood; Aimee Wood
Gabrielle, a swan, can't land gracefully in the lake, and she's embarrassed by her belly flop in front of the flock. Buddy, a field mouse, can't swim, but that doesn't deter him from trying to help Gabrielle learn how to peacefully land in the water. Buddy thinks about this problem while riding on Gabrielle's back for plunge after plunge in the cold lake, and he eventually provides her with the tools she needs to break through and conquer her frustrating weakness. Gabrielle is ecstatic and empowered by her new landing skills. The rest of the flock sees her in a confident new light, and the Swan Queen nominates Gabrielle to become a Swan Princess.The catch is that Gabrielle must turn away from Buddy and only be friends with the other swans if she accepts the Swan Queen's nomination.What's a swan to do? About the Authors DAVE WOOD is a first-time author who works as an insurance broker. He resides in Elk Grove, California, with his wife, Karen, and their three children, Derrick, Ben, and Gabby. Shortly after developing the storyline, Dave involved his sister-in-law, Aimee Wood, to assist in completing the story. Aimee has a Masters degree in English, and she has taught English Composition and Literature. Aimee lives in Sacramento, California, with her husband, Steve, and their two daughters, Emma and Alicia. About the Illustrator STACY MAEDA has a degree in Studio Art.She specializes in animal portraits and works primarily with oils and graphite pencil.Her artwork has received many awards at regional and national art shows, and she has been featured in national and international publications. Stacy lives in Wilton, California, with her husband, Greg, and their daughter, Kailani.This is the first book that she has illustrated. Stacy's art can be viewed at www.stacymaeda.com.