Singing at Nursing Homes, a great generation

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Carol and her ukulele singing “Hukilau” and “Tiny Bubbles”

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Fall Festival music 2015   with Don’t Worry, Be Happy, You are my Sunshine, and Red and River Valley

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Harmonica at Elmcroft Nursing Center … bringing back musical memories to the folks in the Alzheimer’s wing with Blowing in the wind, Hey Good Looking and Just a Closer Walk with Thee.

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You are my Sunshine, Oh Susanna and God Bless America

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Nashville Bar and Grill

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some of our very favorite nurses who give their all … they work so hard and smile always. We love Donna and Marie and Mia

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Veteran’s program with Heroes, Battle Hymn, and America

 

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Veteran’s program in November 2015  I’ll Fly Away, In the Garden, God Bless America

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Scott’s Plantation Settlement Veteran’s program, How Great Thou Art, Country Roads, and You’ve Got a Friends in Me

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Christmas 2015 at Elmcroft singing What child is This, Christmas in Your Heart, Silver Bells

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Pleasant Valley Nursing Center, Over the Rainbow, What A Wonderful World, and Sunshine on my Shoulder.

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Lakewood Nursing Home in North Little Rock Christmas 2015 singing All I have to do is Dream, Fools Rush In, Bridge Over troubled Waters

and Christmas music at the Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting 2015

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Pictures of the Christmas video taping

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Video Production of Christmas music What Child is This, Christmas in your Heart

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On the Set

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Christmas video production 2015 Christmas

We sing and tell stories for classrooms, festivals and nursing homes. These are some of the nursing homes we enjoyed entertaining in 2015. It’s wonderful to see the folk’s eyes light up when they hear a song that brings back fond memories.

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Through The Looking Glass with Kinia

Through The Looking Glass with Kinia. She will be interviewing Carol Dabney about children's book Saturday March 7, at 7pm Eastern time out of Atlanta.

Through The Looking Glass with Kinia. She will be interviewing Carol Dabney about children’s book Saturday March 7, at 7pm Eastern time out of Atlanta.

Kinia and her radio program Through the Looking Glass will be talking with Carol Dabney

Kinia and her radio program Through the Looking Glass will be talking with Carol Dabney

Radio interview with Carol Dabney by Kinia Colbert out of Atlanta Through The Looking Glass Saturday night program March 7, 2015  at 7 Eastern time

Radio interview with Carol Dabney by Kinia Colbert out of Atlanta Through The Looking Glass Saturday night program March 7, 2015 at 7 Eastern time

Growing Bows and Butterflies  - new 2015 children's story book about butterflies  by Carol Dabney

Growing Bows and Butterflies – new 2015 children’s story book about butterflies by Carol Dabney

Why WE Walk written to help children understand  the Alzheimer's Disease by Carol Dabney... New book 2015...

Why WE Walk written to help children understand the Alzheimer’s Disease by Carol Dabney… New book 2015…

author, illustrator and composer Carol Dabney

author, illustrator and composer Carol Dabney

I am so excited to be as to a guest on Through The Looking Glass radio show this coming Saturday night with Kinia Colbert. I have some new children’s books in the works: “Growing Bows and Butterflies” about a caterpillar named Carlos who has lots of personality and big dreams. We watch Carlos go through the many stages of a butterfly’s life from egg to the beautiful winged creature migrating to Mexico for the winter. This story has a wonderful song that goes with it, written by wordsmith Donna Watkins and composer Rod Ragsdale called “On The Wings Of Dreams” We have all become a team this past year working on several stories about winged creatures such as honeybees, birds and butterflies.

Also new this Spring is “Why We Walk” a book for young children to help them understand the Alzheimer’s Disease. Many of my stories are bilingual translated by Cindy Reyes, which adds an enriching cultural experience to young children. We read all fall and straight through Christmas all around the Little Rock area and the children enjoyed our interactive programs which now has stuffed animals and puppets and of course music.

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

I am very excited to be working at Blue Chair Recording Studio with musician Rod Ragsdale who has helped composed several songs for our Animals Used By God Series created by Everett O. Martindale and myself. These books will be audiobooks with songs. Rod adds guitar and harmonica as well as vocals to our presentations.

musician Rod Ragsdale

musician Rod Ragsdale

with Musician Rod Ragsdale

with Musician Rod Ragsdale

One of our most exciting events was presenting Christmas music and Twas The Mouse before Christmas at the Arkansas State Capital at their annual Christmas Tree Lighting in December.

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

Twas The Mouse Before Christmas

Twas The Mouse Before Christmas

Events coming up is a children’s writers workshop at the children’s library Monday afternoon March 23.
Saturday March 28 is the Central Arkansas Fiction Writers meeting. Other authors such as Heather Sutherlin and others in this writers group have pulled together sharing ideas and helping each other. I love Indie Publishers writers and illustrators.
Saturday April 11 we will be presenting a story and song for the Junior League Little Readers Rocks at the Children’s Library.
I will be attending the Craighead County Author Fair in Jonesboro April 18 and NEA Writers meeting with Linda Nance and Donna Watkins. So many people helped me learn along the way.
St Paul Public Library has invited me to read for their summer reading program June 13.
and a Meet the Author event Saturday June 20 at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library in Little Rock

I received a contract from Mockingbird Lane Press this week, to look over for them to become my publishers, for my father’s biography “Dance Me Home.” It was endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association last year and featured in Senior Moments Magazine. Editor Dustin Hood introduced me at a Barnes and Nobles meet the author event last August.

Northeast Arkansas Writers Linda Nance and Donna Watkins  supportive writers at Barnes and Nobles meet the author event hosted by editor Dustin Hood Senior Moment magazine

Northeast Arkansas Writers Linda Nance and Donna Watkins supportive writers at Barnes and Nobles meet the author event hosted by editor Dustin Hood Senior Moment magazine

I illustrated pictured for children’s author Dale Black for his Amanda Adventures and then Donna Watkins asked me to illustrate for honeybee book while we were recording the song for her project. I love illustrating for my author friends. I have a fun time getting to know the characters to their stories this way. They become apart of me. I have cute little bees and butterflies and a bunch of stuffed animals that go with my stories all over my apt. It makes my life colorful.

We loved reading for school assemblies

We loved reading for school assemblies

I returned from my trip to Hawaii in August. I Read for the military children at Schofield Barracks and Sgt Yano Library on base and then at the Amador County Library “Paws To Read” summer reading program in California on my journey home. Great trip. My family sisters and children have been such an inspiration to me and helped me with photography and promotions and editing and losing weight. Hugs to you all. My daughter was deployed and I brought back and kept her two year old daughter Aliyah Jane while she was gone overseas for 3 months. What a kick that girl is!!! That’s when I began writing those stories about a little girl named Jane in the storybook “Growing Bows” All those adorable girls at school wearing huge bows in their hair. Southern Bells who wear bows. I could not resist a story.

Hula and song at Amador County Library  Califonia

Hula and song at Amador County Library Califonia

My grand daughter Aliyah Jane and I at St Mark's School where I teach music

My grand daughter Aliyah Jane and I at St Mark’s School where I teach music

hula is for everyone

hula is for everyone

Cindy, Rod and I had a few birthday parties and luaus along the way as well and a couple more recording sessions to finish our work for Spring. Everett is still coming up with animals. Rod is a sweetheart and has some great ideas of his own that we have started putting together. More to share later. The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 has been an exciting time so far and now looking forward to my interview with Kinia.

You can find all my books and music on http://www.amazon.com

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

I would love it if you listen to THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS radio show with Kinia Cobert this Saturday March 7, at 7 and call in…

If you have read one of my books please leave a review on amazon for others readers

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Thank you so much Carol Dabney

Nov 8, 2014 Alzheimer’s Walk Little Rock 8am Clinton Park

Nov 8th at 8am Meet at the Clinton Presidential Park in Little Rock, Arkansas and walk with thousands of others to make a difference. Alzheimer’s Walk 2014

Alzheimer's Walk 2014 is November 8th in Little Rock Arkansas. We walk to make a difference.

Alzheimer’s Walk 2014 is November 8th in Little Rock Arkansas. We walk to make a difference.

My dad Navy Man Robert Jones Junior in his later years at Three Rivers Nursing Home in Marked Tree Arkansas.

He might have forgotten yesterday, but he never forgot his days during WWII

He might have forgotten yesterday, but he never forgot his days during WWII

I wrote my father’s biography while he lived in the nursing home, and altho Alzheimer’s made life difficult, he had a lovely story and remembered the details of the past. I am glad I got a chance to listen and write about his life in the book “Dance me Home” a military story, a love story, an American family story… My dad is the reason I walk.

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Carol Dabney author of Dance me Home, endorsed by the Alzheimer's. Walk to make a difference.

Carol Dabney author of Dance me Home, endorsed by the Alzheimer’s. Walk to make a difference.


Afterwards linger to enjoy food and music and story time. Find me at the KIDS ZONE. Bring the kids and I will have candy bag for the first 100 kids. A story and song for all.

It’s Pumpkin Time Again!!!

Children's books The Happy Pumpkin, Patch and Growing Bows

Children’s books The Happy Pumpkin, Patch and Growing Bows

Arkansas Cotton Festival at Scott’s Plantation Saturday Oct 4 all day event. Hay rides, baked goods, pumpkins, BBQ, live music and more. Pioneer atmosphere.

Children's author Carol Dabney

Children’s author Carol Dabney

Introducing new story, Growing Bows. A chapter book for young children who love to be read to.

Introducing new story, Growing Bows. A chapter book for young children who love to be read to.

New Book available now on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Growing-Bows-childrens-storybook-sunflowers/dp/1496028090/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412367667&sr=1-1&keywords=Growing+Bows

Traveling to Read Spring and Summer 2014

Carol Dabney Reading stories at the Hillary Clinton Children's Library in Little Rock

Carol Dabney Reading stories at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library in Little Rock

Carol Dabney author, singer, illustrator travels across the country reading and singing and even helping children experience a bit of hula, sign language and creative dance. She visited schools and libraries in Arkansas, California and Hawaii. Summer of 2014. Hillary Clinton’s Children’s Library and Learning Center, The Knowledge Tree Learning Store, The Amador County Library in California, Schofield Army Barracks and Bowen School in Oahu Hawaii, Ewa Beach, Keikiland, Don Roberts. Carol Read Pablo, the Donkey, Military Mommy and Noah at Sea Life Park.

Carol sings and plays the ukulele for children

Carol sings and plays the ukulele for children

Hula at the library

Hula at the library

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Summer time story time in California

Summer time story time in California

Hula and song

Hula and song

Summer time in Jackson

Summer time in Jackson

Cannon Ball Run display

Cannon Ball Run display

Hawaiian Programs Summer 2014

Hawaiian Programs Summer 2014

Hawaii library program Summer 2014

Hawaii library program Summer 2014

Reading in English and Spanish with Cindy Reyes  at the Knowledge Tree

Reading in English and Spanish with Cindy Reyes at the Knowledge Tree

Next events will be at the Good Earth Garden Center in Little Rock where carol will read her book The happy Pumpkin, Patch saturday Oct 18 from 9-3.
The Hillary Clinton Children’s Library in Little Rock from 10-11 Sat Dec 13 and will be reading Twas the Mouse before Christmas in English and Spanish with Cindy Reyes.

Reading at Don Robert's School

Reading at Don Robert’s School

Reading at schools across Hawaii with the Read Aloud America program

Reading at schools across Hawaii with the Read Aloud America program

reading in classrooms

reading in classrooms

Classroom readings across the country

Classroom readings across the country

classroom readings

classroom readings

Author Singer gives patriotic presentation at Don Roberts Elementary about American Soldiers

Author Singer gives patriotic presentation at Don Roberts Elementary about American Soldiers

classroom readings

classroom readings

all books available in Amazon and amazon kindle

http://www.caroldabney.com

Clinton Library Luau

Carol Dabney presents hula at the Hillary Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center Saturday Aug 30, 2014

Carol Dabney presents hula at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday Aug 30, 2014

Hawaiian hula at the hillary Clinton Children's Library and Learning center in Little Rock, Arkansas with children's author singer Carol Dabney Aug 30, 2014

Hawaiian hula at the hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning center in Little Rock, Arkansas with children’s author singer Carol Dabney Aug 30, 2014

READing at the Clinton's children's library in Little Rock with children's author Carol Dabney.  Next program will be saturday December 13 2014 at 10am

READing at the Clinton’s children’s library in Little Rock with children’s author Carol Dabney. Next program will be saturday December 13 2014 at 10am

carol Dabney a music teacher in Little rock shares several musical instruments at the Hillary Clinton Library with children in the little Rock area. She read a story titled the Magic ukulele that she brought back from a recent trip to Hawaii. 2014, and played music with her ukulele.

carol Dabney a music teacher in Little rock shares several musical instruments at the Hillary Clinton Library with children in the little Rock area. She read a story titled the Magic ukulele that she brought back from a recent trip to Hawaii. 2014, and played music with her ukulele.

Carol shared story of Military Mommy, her daughter who is now a captain in the US Army. The little boy on the cover is now eight years old and would be joining them at the library event. His mom was presently deployed.

Carol shared story of Military Mommy, her daughter who is now a captain in the US Army. The little boy on the cover is now eight years old and would be joining them at the library event. His mom was presently deployed.

Noah and little sister Aliyah reunite after living apart for months while their military mommy is on deployment. When the two year saw her big brother at the library event, she yelled "My Noah, My Noah!" as she made her way up the theater steps and into his arms.  The audience applauded. It was very touching.

Noah and little sister Aliyah reunite after living apart for months while their military mommy is on deployment. When the two year saw her big brother at the library event, she yelled “My Noah, My Noah!” as she made her way up the theater steps and into his arms. The audience applauded. It was very touching.

Hula at the Little Rock Clinton Library with children sharing stories, music and dance of Hawaii.

Hula at the Little Rock Clinton Library with children sharing stories, music and dance of Hawaii.

Carol Dabney at Barnes and Nobles event Saturday August 9, 2014 4pm in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Meet the author event: Carol Dabney author of Dance me Home biography of her father during the WWII era and a beautiful love story

Meet the author event: Carol Dabney author of Dance me Home biography of her father during the WWII era and a beautiful love story

Dance Me Home Poster up at the Turtle Creek Mall Barnes and Nobles Jonesboro, Arkansas. Meet the author event Saturday August 9 at 4 and hear panel from Alzheimer's Association speakers.

Dance Me Home Poster up at the Turtle Creek Mall Barnes and Nobles Jonesboro, Arkansas. Meet the author event Saturday August 9 at 4 and hear panel from Alzheimer’s Association speakers.

Carol Dabney at Barnes and Nobles event Saturday August 9, 2014 4pm in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Story of Dance Me Home  was featured in Senior Moments Magazine Junes issue 2014.

Story of Dance Me Home was featured in Senior Moments Magazine Junes issue 2014.

Support a local author in Jonesboro, Arkansas and get an autographed copy of Dance Me Home. Give as this year’s Christmas gift to your loved ones who like to read true inspirational love stories. Support the Alzheimer’s Association who will be there to answer questions about the issues concerning Alzheimer’s and help in the fight to find a cure. Saturday August 9th, 2014 from 4-6 with host Dustin Hood editor of Senior Moments Magazine and Barnes and Nobles bookstore.

A tribute to our military men and women. WWII veteran. An American love story. An inspiring story of family. You will cry and laugh out loud.

A tribute to our military men and women. WWII veteran. An American love story. An inspiring story of family. You will cry and laugh out loud.

Available at Barnes and Nobles in Jonesboro, Arkansas Saturday August 9 at author event. Also available online at Amazon.com and Amazon kindle. Come get a copy signed by the author in a personal interview at Turtle Creek Mall Aug 9 at 4pm 2014.

Carol Dabney at Barnes and Nobles event Saturday August 9, 2014 4pm in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Carol and red hat

Senior Moments Magazine Junes issue 2014

Senior Moments Magazine June issue 2014

Dance Me Home  a military love story by author Carol Dabney

Dance Me Home
a military love story

Author and composer Carol Dabney will join Senior Moments Magazine editor Dustin Hood as Barnes and Nobles host the Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association panel and author event Saturday August 9, 2014 from 4-6pm at the Jonesboro, Arkansas. Come and get an autographed copy of Dance Me Home by Carol Dabney in this special appearance at Turtle Creek Mall in Northeast Arkansas.

Military biography during the WWII era of the life of Robert Jones Junior and an inspirational love story. A Texas farm boy and his experiences fighting overseas. He returns to the love of his life, a beautiful young girl he met at a USO dance, thus the name Dance me Home. A family struggles with alcoholism, with an inspirational triumph discovery of faith. An unusual Alzheimer’s patient and the humorous way he handled what came his way. American history weaved into a wonderful love story of “True Grit.”

Dance Me Home and other books written by Carol Dabney also available online at Amazon.com and Amazon Kindle. caroldabney.com

Soldier  music composed by Carol Dabney a tribute to the American Soldier

Soldier
music composed by Carol Dabney
a tribute to the American Soldier

hear on KSSN DJ Taylor and his Homegrown country radio show out of Little Rock. Soldier music disc – a tribute to the American Soldier.

Barnes and Nobles Event August 2014. Dustin Hood -Editor of Senior Moments magazine and host of meet the author Carol Dabney and her book Dance Me Home at barnes and Nobles along with Alzheimer's informative panel

Barnes and Nobles Event August 2014. Dustin Hood -Editor of Senior Moments magazine and host of meet the author Carol Dabney and her book Dance Me Home at barnes and Nobles along with Alzheimer’s informative panel

Northeast Arkansas Writers Linda Nance and Donna Watkins  supportive writers

Northeast Arkansas Writers Linda Nance and Donna Watkins supportive writers

Barnes and Nobles Composer Carol Dabney presents her song SOLDIER which plays on KSSN radio Homegrown show in Little Rock

Barnes and Nobles Composer Carol Dabney presents her song SOLDIER which plays on KSSN radio Homegrown show in Little Rock

musician/businessman and friend Jerry Webb is one a several to support Carol at event in Aug 2014 Turtle Creek Mall Jonesboro Arkansas

musician/businessman and friend Jerry Webb is one a several to support Carol at event in Aug 2014 Turtle Creek Mall Jonesboro Arkansas

Grandson Noah Dabney Armstrong is the first to step up and receive an autographed copy of DANCE ME HOME

Grandson Noah Dabney Armstrong is the first to step up and receive an autographed copy of DANCE ME HOME

Senior Moments Magazine Barnes and Noble event August 9, 2014 from 4-6pm

Dance Me Home 2012 is a military love story biography written by Carol Dabney

Dance Me Home 2012 is a military love story biography written by Carol Dabney

Senior Moments Magazine

Senior Moments Magazine

“Senior Moments Magazine Barnes and Noble event August 9, 2014 from 4-6pm” />

Dance Me Home biography in Senior Moments Magazine June 2014 issue
Barnes and Nobles event with Carol Dabney Saturday August 9, 2014 4pm Jonesboro, Arkansas

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United States Navy book biography

United States Navy book biography

Hale Kula School Readings

Singer - author Carol Dabney visits schools in the Hawaiian Islands from Jan to march 2013 to present her Patriotic program and share a preview of her new holiday books coming this fall. Students at Hale Kula Army Barracks and Stg Yano Library children's story hour,  Kaumana Keikiland, and Ewa Beach Elementary's Read Aloud America all enjoyed Harold the Christmas Mouse in "Twas The Mouse Before Christmas" "The Happy Pumpkin, Patch" and "Military Mommy"
(pictures provided with permission

Singer – author Carol Dabney visits schools in the Hawaiian Islands from Jan to march 2013 to present her Patriotic program and share a preview of her new holiday books coming this fall. Students at Hale Kula Army Barracks and Stg Yano Library children’s story hour, Kaumana Keikiland, and Ewa Beach Elementary’s Read Aloud America all enjoyed Harold the Christmas Mouse in “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas” “The Happy Pumpkin, Patch” and “Military Mommy”
(pictures provided with permission

Author and singer  Carol Dabney reads for  Army families in Hawaii March 2013

Author and singer Carol Dabney reads for Army families in Hawaii March 2013

Author Carol Dabney reads her new bedtime storybook "Twas The Mouse before Christmas" for a classroom at Hale Kula in Feb (6 months before it's launch date) and introduces Harold, the adorable mouse who stars in the book. He was a big hit with the kids.

Author Carol Dabney reads her new bedtime storybook “Twas The Mouse before Christmas” for a classroom at Hale Kula in Feb (6 months before it’s launch date) and introduces Harold, the adorable mouse who stars in the book. He was a big hit with the kids.

Students meet Harold, author Carol Dabney's Christmas Mouse in her new bedtime Christmas book, "Twas The Mouse Before Christmas". Learning about writing and illustrations.

Students meet Harold, author Carol Dabney’s Christmas Mouse in her new bedtime Christmas book, “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas”. Learning about writing and illustrations.

Author and singer Carol Dabney using her ukulele to sing "Imagine That America" and a few other fun songs for students at hale kula school March 2013

Author and singer Carol Dabney using her ukulele to sing “Imagine That America” and a few other fun songs for students at hale kula school March 2013

Lt Melissa Dabney when she was just a cadet graduating from bootcamp in 2006. Her son, Noah came to help her celebrate and show her that he was walking.

Lt Melissa Dabney when she was just a cadet graduating from bootcamp in 2006. Her son, Noah came to help her celebrate and show her that he was walking.

Another Military Mommy stops by at the school to pick up her children and enjoys reading Military Mommy

Another Military Mommy stops by at the school to pick up her children and enjoys reading Military Mommy

Author Carol Dabney read to students at Schofield Army Barracks about her grandson Noah, who now attends Hale Kula, about his own true story "Military Mommy"

Author Carol Dabney read to students at Schofield Army Barracks about her grandson Noah, who now attends Hale Kula, about his own true story “Military Mommy”

Thanksgiving holiday bedtime story by author illustrator Carol Dabney for elementary school age children. The Happy Pumpkin, Patch about sharing... to be published this fall. Shared a preview with classes at Hale Kula classes.

Thanksgiving holiday bedtime story by author illustrator Carol Dabney for elementary school age children. The Happy Pumpkin, Patch about sharing… to be published this fall. Shared a preview with classes at Hale Kula classes.

Learning sign-language to God Bless America

Learning sign-language to God Bless America

Janet, Hale Kula Librian. Love this wonderful lady. She became my good friend and had a hand in helping me produce "The Happy Pumpkin, Patch" Jan-March 2013

Janet, Hale Kula Librian. Love this wonderful lady. She became my good friend and had a hand in helping me produce “The Happy Pumpkin, Patch” Jan-March 2013

Playing ukulele at Hale Kula School

Playing ukulele at Hale Kula School

“Christmas In Your Heart” song produced in the Hawaiian Islands. Composer and Recording Artist Carol Dabney, arranged by Alwyn Erub. on the Picture of You album. available at https://www.amazon.com/author/dabneycdbooks and CdBaby.com

From Janurary through the month of March 2013 I read from classroom to classroom in the Hawaiian Islands. Hale Kula at Schofield Army base in Oahu, and Kaumana Keikiland in Hilo. I read with the Read Aloud America program at Ewa Beach Elementary.

I wanted to thank all the teachers for asking me to read for their classrooms. Thank you also to all the children who wrote cards of thanks to me along with their own artwork.

Every classroom has their own personality set mostly by the teacher in the way she helps her students learn, enjoy and deals with discipline. It’s not easy being a teacher. I know I have been a sub teacher and a resource teacher for over 20 years. Oh the things that can happen when you enter the world of children. I read and I sing a veteran song on my ukulele and show them how to do sign language to “God Bless America”.

I presented my story of Military Mommy at the Army base at Hale Kula school and shared about my grandson Noah and his mom and what its like to be a military family. Of course no child at Hale Kula is a stranger to military life. Some of them have moms, some have dads and yet others have both parents in the military. I express how important the children of military families are. The sacrifice and committment to their American Soldier is their contribution to our country, and they should be proud. The book Military Mommy is about my daughter LT Melissa Dabney and her son. It begins when she leaves for bootcamp at Fort Jackson South Carolina in the summer of 2006. I sent her a picture of Noah every day for 12 weeks. She missed his first steps and his first birthday. Sacrifice, its a big part of an American Soldiers life, as well as their families. The cover photo is of Cadet Melissa Dabney graduating from bootcamp and her getting to see Noah walk for the first time. Then she headed off to AIT for 27 more weeks. At the end of that she returned to Arkansas and finished college, graduating and commissioned a second lieutenant. Then she Noah and I headed off to their first duty station in Hawaii.

I have to say a high praise to the transitional teacher Kelley Jeans and other transitional counselors for helping Noah cope with all the changes of moving from his southern roots to the Pacific Islands. They help children on a daily bases who are coming into the base. With the military, the kids are moving around alot, and it’s tough. Noah and I walked 30 minutes to school every day and walked past Army tanks at the Tropical Lighting Museum, as well as soldiers marching in Army gear. We created the Military Mommy story together on those walks. I read at the schools about Noah, at the end they will often asked, “Where is Noah now?” well he is in second grade at Hale Kula. Because of those questions I wrote a series called “The Adventures of Noah” Cadet Dabney has been LT Dabney and working as rear support for the unit while they went Afghanistan. Soon Melissa will be captain and she and Noah will be moving to their next duty station.

I got alot of great advise from Hale Kula’s librarian Janet. She and I just hit it off and she suggested a smaller chapter book size for my newest holiday Thanksgiving bedtime story book “The Happy Pumpkin, Patch”

I brought my little Christmas mouse into the classrooms to showed the children my Christmas book “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas” Harold was a hit! In Fact the children asked me to read it, so I previewed the story in Feb (6 months before the launch date) Imagine that, Christmas in Feb. it was fun for all. The kids loved touching Harold and taking pictures wuth Harold too. When I left I received mail asking me, “How is Harold doing?”

Harold came to me at my sister’s cabin in Northern California during Christmas time and he was sitting next to my bed stand when I woke up one morning. It was snowing outside my window and it was magical. My sister barbara and I helped Harold bake the chocolate chip cookie recipe that is in the back of the book and I must say they turned out delicious. The book is bilingual written in Spanish, translated by my sister in law Cindy Reyes. The book also has a wonderfully fun original Christmas song I released several years ago. The song “Christmas in your Heart” is doing well in Europe and plays in Germany all year round. It’s very exciting.

I retunred back to the studio in Honolulu to record audiobooks of my Christmas bedtime storybook with old friend arranger Alwyn Erub, who will be the musician and engineer on the project.

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to contact Carol for readings at your school email at carol.dabney@yahoo.com