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© Illumination Arts Publishing, 2014. All rights reserved.
Written by Gina Otto
Illustrated by Trudy Joost
Reading Level: Ages 5-9
Size: 8.5" x 11"
Cassandra is a well-meaning child who aims to please those around her, but in their minds, she can’t do anything right. They say she is too messy, too different, a problem, and a waste of time. But Cassandra believes that she really is a good little girl and is determined to prove them wrong.
Despite constant discouragement, she never gives up. When her guardian angel appears, Cassandra not only finds comfort and support, but discovers a wonderful secret—that she holds within herself the power to define who she is. This wisdom boosts the little girl’s self-esteem and gives her the confidence she needs to believe in herself.
This simple picture book reminds parents and caregivers of the huge influence their words and actions have on children. Written by Gina Otto, Cassandra’s Angel was a finalist for the Coalition of Visionary Resource’s Best Children’s Book Award and winner of the Colorado Independent Publishers’ EVVY Award. Featuring Trudy Joost’s uniquely styled illustrations, this timeless story is a source of empowerment for children and adults alike.
About the Author
Gina Otto, an author, poet, and professional photographer, has worked extensively in film production, advertising, and the fashion industry. In 1995, she began speaking to teenage girls about the importance of self-perception and how it is affected by popular culture. Cassandra’s Angel integrates Gina’s passion for the healing arts with her concern for young people.
About the Illustrator
Trudy Joost decided to become an artist at age five. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated from Kent State and then moved to Southern California in order to embark on her dream of becoming a professional artist. Trudy's paintings are exhibited in a number of art galleries and private collections. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her two daughters, Cyd and Taylor.
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