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Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic
Written & Illustrated by Gillian Lee Hutshing
Sparky  Events  Newsletter    February  2009!

Dear Sparky Fans,

Happy February!  I have been so busy since December that I didn't send out a Newsletter in January.  Events have been going great! The Library Grand Opening at Euclid Ave. Elementary was amazing.  They discussed Sparky being chosen as book of the month soon.  Also, I was asked by The Wonder of Reading to join with them in their efforts.  Their mission is to have a significant impact on reading in Southern California elementary schools.  The Wonder of Reading has successfully renovated 200 libraries, overseen the purchase of more than $2,000,000 worth of new books and trained nearly 5,000 volunteers to read to kids on a weekly basis.  I hope we all have a great 2009!

Talk soon,
Gillian & Sparky

2 Readings At The Center For A New Generation!   (Tues. Feb. 17th)

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Gillian has scheduled 2 Readings, Q & A's and a Coloring Session for the Center For A New Generation.  This foundation has a focus on literacy.  It is a foundation started by Condoleezza Rice in 1991.  In 1996 CNG merged with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.  It is an innovative after-school academic enrichment program.  The goal is to increase the high school graduation rate by helping young students prepare for high school and college.  The program focuses on Math and Language Arts.  Electives such as Art and Music are offered to help students express their imagination and creativity.

Center For A New Generation
Tuesday, February 17th 2009
3:30PM Younger grades Reading, Q & A, Coloring Session
4:30PM Older grades Reading, Q & A
Menlo Park Clubhouse
401 Pierce Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Reading At The Laureate School!  
(Thurs. Feb. 13th)

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Gillian has booked an event at the Laureate School in San Luis Obispo, California.  She will be Reading, Signing, Coloring, as well as a Q & A for the 1st grade students and middle school students.  The Laureate is a private school with a 5 star rating, their mission is to educate students to become stewards, leaders and citizens of the 21st century's global world.  Through project based learning, coursework in the arts, technology and foreign language and a school-wide character program. 

Thursday, February 13th, 2009
Starting at 8:30AM

The Laureate School
880 Laureate Lane
San Luis Obispo, California

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Reading At Hillsides Elementary!  
(February Date Pending)

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Gillian has been asked to come Read and Sign at the Hillsides School sometime in February.  The Hillsides School: Foster Care & Special Education for Abused Children.  Hillsides works with many social and child services organizations, including LA County, Pasadena, Glendale, and San Gabriel Valley school districts.

Specific Event Dates Pending.  February 2009 has been discussed.
Hillsides School
940 Avenue 64
Pasadena, CA 91105

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Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic

Schools and libraries can purchase this heartwarming and engaging book at a discount from BookSurge Publishing by contacting their ordering department at 866-308-6235 (select option 6).  Bookstores and libraries order as a wholesaler by contacting Baker & Taylor distributors at 800-775-3700. 

'Sparky the Wonderfish' is also available through, Borders Bookstores and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.


Gillian Lee Hutshing &
Sparky the Wonderfish
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"The illustrations in Sparky the Wonderfish are a knock-out.  They have a childlike charm and simplicity and a luminescence.  This is a very sweet story that will appeal to a wide range of young readers, many of whom have been nose-to-nose with the feeder fish tank at the pet shop.  and the fact that this is based on a true story only makes it more appealing..."

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"I enjoyed Sparky a lot, good fun, and my daughter likes it too."

- Mike B. Anderson, Supervising Director, The Simpsons

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 "Your delightful, charming book 'Sparky the Wonderfish' is heartwarming and sure to delight..." 

- Jerry and Esther Hicks, Abraham-Hicks Publications

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President Obama has said he wants to invite groups of kids to The White House for children's book readings to help encourage literacy in the US. So I sent a Sparky the Wonderfish: A Story of How Love Creates Magic book and a letter to both President Obama and to The Honorable Al Gore, saying I am very interested in being a part of these efforts!

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The Perfect Gift!

Buy an Autographed copy of "Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic" for someone you love!  It's on shelves Now at The Barnes & Noble on Pico Blvd.

Location:  Westside Pavilion
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
10850 W. Pico Blvd.
LA, CA 90064
Ph:  310-475-3138

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