Elizabeth Purcell is the mother of six children, 17 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, who give her endless story ideas.
And because she thinks helping children to read early is so important, most of her books are for early readers. When children engage in reading at an early age, they most likely will become avid readers as adults and in addition better students. And she thinks the best way to capture the imagination of young children is through colorful, amusing illustrations in addition to the words, which in the Buttercup Cottage series are in text balloons, more easily read.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, third in a series, is based on a public domain tv show I did with my six puppets, entitled of course, Buttercup Cottage which had a viewing audience of 80,000 families. Children loved the show and especially the puppets. But after a weekly show that ran for about a year and a half, the wonderful voice of the puppets passed away. So the puppets went back to their boxes, where they stayed for a couple years. In the meantime I was writing children's short little rhyme books for Amazon, until one day I decided to let the puppets out, and put them into print form with text balloons instead of regular text which is much easier for children to see and learn. And the puppets are much happier!
Is it possible for a sickly little maple tree to become a beautiful Christmas tree?
That is exactly what happens in this delightful Christmas tale, when one small maple overcomes bullies and goes on to live its lifelong dream as a Christmas tree in the home of a wonderful family