Butterfly Dreams for 2020

I look ahead to the year 2020 with great excitement as I embark on a great new adventure. My newest children’s storybook “Butterfly Dreams” is to be published by Et Alia Press this spring. http://www.etaliapress.com

https://www.etaliapress.com/carol-dabney

CAROL DABNEY

Carol Dabney is author and illustrator of Butterfly Dreams: A Friendship Takes Flight, forthcoming Spring 2020. She is the music teacher at Saint Mark’s Day School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Raised on a forty-acre goat farm in the Ozarks, in her younger years Carol studied Italian opera, was “Miss Arkansas Teen,” and won a national talent award. She began her recording career in Nashville at the age of seventeen. She is the mother of five children and has nine grandchildren. In 1985, her family moved from the farm to the Hawaiian Islands, where she worked as a disc jockey at KFSH radio. She signed a singer song-writer contract with Paradise Records in Honolulu in 1997. Since her time in Hawaii, Carol plays the ukulele and takes it to all her events wherever she goes. When the family returned to Arkansas, she continued working as a music resource teacher presenting her unique style of interactive story-telling with puppets and art. Carol illustrates for several other children’s authors, and paints animal canvases and gift cards for her sister’s art gallery in California. Carol and her husband are the entertainers every year at the Arkansas State Capital Christmas lighting celebration. Together, they travel all over the state to entertain at festivals and community events.

Visit Carol at https://caroldabney.wordpress.com/

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Carol Dabney reading and singing at a bookstores in Little Rock last summer.

(A note from Carol about editor publisher Erin Wood)

Little Rock Editor/Publisher Erin Wood is an amazing woman who comes alongside local Arkansas authors to help them realize their dreams. I am thankful for her encouraging guidance, creative ideas and marketing knowledge. We have just begun and its going to be such a fun year with her, her team and all the other other authors with Et Alia Press.

Together, we have been going over story line word by word to create a charming treasure for young readers and their families.

(About the book)

The story tales us about friendship through a little girl named Lily-Jane and a caterpillar named Carlos, who has big dreams to fly. He is often worried, but Lily-Jane tells him, “I think the size of your dream is just right.”

(About the art)

The artwork illustrations are colorful and children can follow a cute little basset hound from page to page to discover small creatures such as honeybees in the garden, frogs in the river and squirrels in the trees.

P1040783  artwork I’ve painted is colorful, filled with lots of little creatures children can discover as the pages are turned. Butterflies and honeybees fly around a garden. The river winds around where there are some green frogs sitting on a log and a  hound tags along fromone page tohe next where he sniffs out some bunnies or squirrels on the farm. 

Will Carlos get his wings to fly? What will happen next? A tender friendship blooms while we are also learning all about the life-cycle of the amazing monarch butterflies.

(About the song)

As many of you know I am a music teacher in Little Rock. So of course I had to compose a song for this storybook. “Butterflies and Honeybees” gives light to how important these small creatures are as pollinators. I will be recording the song in a couple weeks with Rod at Blue Chair Recording and I’m truly excited that Tim Crouch will be playing violin and mandolin on the production. Tim won the fiddler of the year at the Arkansas Country Music Awards last June 3, 2019.

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(From my editor)

http://www.etaliapress.com

BUTTERFLY DREAMS: A FRIENDSHIP TAKES FLIGHT

Carol Dabney

We all have dreams, but what if they are too big?

After Lily-Jane helps her grandmother build a butterfly habitat, a close look at a caterpillar’s spots sends her stumbling in disbelief. “Me llamo Carlos,” says the charming little caterpillar, and an extraordinary friendship is born. Carlos teaches Lily-Jane his first language, Spanish, and Lily-Jane shares what she has learned about the miraculous life-cycle of the monarch butterfly. But when Carlos becomes trapped in his chrysalis, his dream of wings seems more out of reach than ever before.

As readers discover the tremendous power of encouraging words to nurture a friend past paralyzing self-doubt even when it means letting them go to fulfill their destiny, Carlos learns whether friendship and faith are enough to help him soar on the wings of a dream that may be just the right size.

 You’ll love this book, accompanied by an original single, “Butterflies and Honey Bees,” by Little Rock’s favorite children’s music teacher, musician, and artist Carol Dabney.

Butterfly Dreams is ideal for classroom readings as students await butterflies emerging from their chrysalises as well as celebrations on the big day when butterflies are released into the sky to migrate south. It is also the perfect gift for coming of age, when a friend moves away, or any time someone needs an extra nudge of encouragement to dream big.

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I look forward to reading this story beginning this spring and have summertime programs already getting lined up at libraries and bookstores across Arkansas.  Also have some classroom teachers who have asked me to read at their butterfly release parties this fall. All very exciting news to announce.

I am very blessed to be given this opportunity.

See you at a library soon.

Bring your wings – where new friendships will take flight!

-Carol

 

ParkBench Interview

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ParkBench interview of Carol Dabney by Barb Roberts 2019

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I big Thank you to Barb Roberts for this ParkBench interview.  She talks with folks every day to share their work and she shows such amazing support for others.

 

Reading/Singing at Good Earth

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Saturday October 20, 2018 the Good Earth hosted a children’s story time and gave me an opportunity to read The Happy Pumpkin. We sang and read and had a blast! My book and several of my artwork pumpkin paintings are displayed inside at Good Earth in Little Rock for the month of October, if anyone would like to have a Happy Pumpkin painting by Miss Carol. For anyone living out of state you can get a copy of this  Halloween/Thanksgiving storybook at Amazon. A wonderful fun story about sharing pumpkin seeds giving tribute to the America’s very first farmers.

The Happy Pumpkin has been revised to a big 8 x 11 size book with colorful artwork. Intended for young children and families to read during harvest/fall Halloween to Thanksgiving and as a Thanksgiving Day tradition.

Its a fun-filled poetic read of one pilgrims journey to America, written for children, but with a message for all. Its about the struggles and rewards of harvest time. The Happy Pumpkin grows up and produces lots of seeds to feed the new nation, becomes a Jack-O-Lantern, and helps the pilgrim find a good wife all by Thanksgiving Day.

The author, Carol Dabney, was raised on a 40 acre farm in Madison County Arkansas. She learned the value of a hard working farm where there was crops to harvest and goats to milk. She has five children and six children. She happily works as a music teacher at St. Mark’s Day School in Little Rock.

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Mr. Rod plays the harmonica for the kids at Good Earth.

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I brought along a couple of friends my students enjoy at school. Mr. Owl, who sings in a deep voice the song “I’m Not Scared!” but often scares himself, until the children sing softly so he stops hiding his eyes and returns to singing along. Then there is Green Frog, who sing the song “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” I also brought Baby Bumblebee and Dudley the Duck who gives kisses to children and sing the song “Six Little Duck”.

There was a goat dressed as a pumpkin, so naturally I was drawn to the lit’ guy. Rod says says that’s why he and I get along so well.

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My artwork is displayed inside the main building at the Good Earth for the month of October, if anyone wants to take home a Miss Carol Happy Pumpkin painting. My storybooks will be there too. The Good Earth on Cantrell Hwy 10 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Thank you so much for stopping by. Our next programs will be November 11 at the Convention Center downtown Little Rock Holiday House Santa event from 9-noon. Rod and I will be there singing Christmas songs and reading holiday books.

Also November 17 at the Hilary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center in Little Rock for their 10am children’s story hour.

And Saturday December 1 at the Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Look for us inside after the parade at 4. We will read and sing from 6-8pm . Its a fun way to wait in line to see Santa. The capital is decorated beautiful. This is the event of the year you don’t want to miss. See you there.

All my story books are available online at amazon as well as audiobooks.

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

 

Thank you for your support. Be blessed. -Carol Dabney

 

Christmas Fun 2017

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Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and Carol Dabney will singing Christmas carols and reading our Christmas storybooks at the Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday December 16 beginning at 10am. Little Rock, Arkansas. This is a free family event. “Twas the Mouse Before Christmas” was the first and is the biggest hit everywhere we go this time of year. I hope you add it to your holiday keepsakes. Thank you for supporting local artists.

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Our holiday books: Big Book of  The Animals Used By God, The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course -book four – Golfing with Santa, Twas The Mouse Before Christmas, and Santa’s North Pole Princess. All available through contacting me, or http://www.amazon.com

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Santa’s North Pole Princess is all about a Princess named Noel, who rides a magical polar bear to gather all the Christmas mail from children around the world for Santa. Have you written your letter yet? This book is about of a wonderful place located in Jonesboro, Arkansas where families can walk through a Disney-like animal animated snowy forest on their way to take pictures with Santa.

https://www.facebook.com/santasnorthpolejonesboro/

I had a lot of fun with reading “Twas the Mouse Before Christmas” and now they have added Santa’s North Pole Princess. If you get to this wonderful adventure-land, look for Carol Dabney storybooks. Great Christmas keepsakes for ages 2-10.

Rod Ragsdale got into the spirit of Christmas by becoming a singing Santa for a Christmas in July party this past summer and as you know he loves golf. Not much golfing goes on in the snow, but with lots of imagination he wrote a Christmas golfing with Santa adventure story about his son Andrew. Book Four in his golfing series. For ages 7-12.

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1537450476/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512917203&sr=1-2&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

 

 

I had so much excitement with my St. Mark’s music students in writing The Christmas Animals Used by God last year. This is the newest published this year 2017. It can be interactive with walking with Joseph, Mary and the donkey, knocking on the inn keepers doors, making animal sounds. The kids really had fun with the repeating lines.

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Animals-Used-God-11/dp/1542436869/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512917633&sr=1-6&keywords=Carol+Dabney+The+Animals+Used+By+God

Its the Christmas story in an easy to read poetic form with lots of colorful pictures for kids to enjoy as they learn about the Nativity . Its also translated into Spanish by my sister Cindy Dabney Reyes. for ages 2-10.

We have read our stories at The Arkansas State Capital, Holiday House, Jacksonville Library and several classrooms. We will be at the Children’s library Saturday December 16 from10-11 and you can get these books then and we will sign them for you. From our house to your…

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS. Carol and Rod

Fall 2017

 

This year 2017, my canvas paintings and stationary cards for Arkansas cotton was selected to be displayed in the Plantation Agricultural State Museum in Scott, Arkansas.

These are are some of the artwork that is displayed. My father’s first job as a young boy was picking cotton. This state attraction is located south of Little Rock, Arkansas at 4815 AR-161 in Scott.

Rod and I also sang there for the tractor expo, and sold some books, paintings and music.

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Then it was time for story-telling and “The Happy Pumpkin” storybook, which I revised this year into a BIG BOOK and added some more art.

I have a great deal of fun reading this story and singing through harvest time, Halloween and into Thanksgiving about a Pilgrim named Jack who sails to the new world to plant a pumpkin seed with a big idea about sharing his pumpkin seeds. A tribute to the American farmer. Oh my, Jack must water through the intense heat and watch over that little sprout through wind and weather till it finally grows to be a huge happy pumpkin. Thank you American farmers for all you do. Jack, like you, had a desire to feed a nation. Then, in his sharing, he receives what he hoped for most, someone to share his life with. Oh the simple pleasures of life- FAMILY! A wonderful book about hard work, sharing and faith. Book also has some healthy pumpkin treats, and see the seeds come out and a jack-o-lantern with a candle made into this happy pumpkin. Celebrate Thanksgiving by reading this book to your family year after year.

click link below to see all my storybooks.

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

 

Thank you for supporting artists like myself. To all Happy Fall. -Carol Dabney

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There were fall festivals and schools and libraries to read and sing at.

I teach music at my school in the mornings, but if you live in central Arkansas, I am available to come and read for your child’s classroom, school assembly or event in the afternoons. Let me know. Have a bless fall.

Holiday Books written and illustrated by Carol Dabney.