Of Roses and Smiles – Author Darcy Pattison

The school visit was a long day of sitting in the school library while classes traipsed in and out to see the “real live author.” Author Darcy Pattison talked all day, giving the kids her stories by reading aloud, signing books, and answering questions. At the end of the day, she sighed and packed her things. In the midst of that hectic day, she wondered if the kids had even listened to the stories.

In the library door, a small boy appeared.

He held out a rose. “I made it. For you.”

Of course, it wasn’t a real rose.

Like Pattison, he was just offering something imaginary, a rose made of paper. Like Pattison, he’d worked hard to make it memorable, folding the rose carefully, making the edges crisp and neat.

And now, he was offering it to this author, an imaginary gift in return for an imaginary gift.

Suddenly humbled, Pattison asked him, “Would you sign it? It’s beautiful.”

The boy beamed.

Stories and children. For almost thirty years, Pattison has connected the two. And the kids reward her with paper roses and smiles. It’s all she needs to inspire her to work on a next story.

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Mims House (est. 2008) is a U.S. children’s book publisher. Our award winning stories include contemporary fiction, fantasy middle grade novels and nonfiction picture books. Common themes include troubled families, a healthy environment, and teaching kids how to write.

We publish stories that touch the lives of the young. Or the young at heart. Our books celebrate the indomitable and unconquerable human spirit, and give kids boundless hope in the midst of tangled families or intergalactic struggles. Nonfiction stories evoke awe and wonder for the world. Our writing process books celebrate and encourage a kid’s creativity.


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Wisdom, the Midway Albatross

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        ” . . .Pattison writes crisply and evocatively. . .”
        “. . .carefully detailed and naturalistic illustrations, portraying both the beauty and danger of Wisdom’s aquatic environment. . .”
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