Robin Taylor Chiarello, internationally recognized children's author, has a new book at the gallery called Ella Sue and the Burlap Sack. Ella Sue is the true story of perserverace, faith, family, and prayer. Robin Chiarello says "I am so happy to bring the story of Ella Sue to children everywhere. It has wonderful values of another time in our nation, when families ate together, worked together, and prayed together. Knowing Ella Sue has been a blessing to me!"
Ella Sue Hartgrove was born in Shelby, North Carolina. She "enjoys recounting stories of her youth and family." Ella Sue loves to visit the Shelby area as an adult and see her relatives and friends, as well as worshipping at her old church. She believes that faith, family, and prayer are the most important factors to a good life.
Ella Sue is illustrated by Steven Lester, a successful artist for more than 4 decades. This is his second collaboration with Robin, his first being award winning, Limbo book. He says "My hope is to illustrate the delightfully true story of Ella Sue, preserving it for future generations and diverse cultures."
Robin Taylor Chiarello has been given a Gold Medal from Mom's Choice Award for her book, Limbo. Her other books have received numerous awards worldwide as well.
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