Monday, October 12, 2009
Kid's Korner: Messy Tessy by Leah Orr
Shared by Kristi Herbrand
Title: Messy Tessy
Author: Leah Orr
Illustrator: Josephine Lepore
Messy Tessy is a cute story about a little girl whose babysitter (Aunt Fran) falls asleep while watching her. Tessy gets into a lot of things while Aunt Fran is sleeping - from playing salon with her dolls, to practicing her words on the wall, and even playing dress up with her mom's makeup!
But it is so much more than a cute rhyming story. It is written by Leah Orr and her 3 daughters - the youngest has Cystic Fibrosis- and illustrated by their grandma Josephine Lepore. Profits of this book, as well as her 2 prior books, Kyle's First Crush and Kyle's First Playdate, go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Between these profits and participation in local CF walks over the past 7 years, Orr has raised more than $400,000 for CF research. CF is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of nearly 70,000 children and adults worldwide and Orr's personal goal is to not only raise awareness of the disease, but also raise $1,000,000. Cystic Fibrosis has a personal place in my life, as I had two cousins who were born with this disease.
But this book isn't just for little girls, after the first time I read it to my son - he immediately wanted me to read it to him again. He got a big kick out of "surprise" that didn't get put away at the end!
For more information, go to www.leahorr.com.