BELIEVE

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Believe!  watercolor art by Carol Dabney from the book Pablo, The Donkey Used By God, a bible series for children created by attorney Everett O. Martindale and co-authored by Dabney, called the Animals Used By God.

Pablo is bullied by the other animals. He is not as fast as the horses, can not produce eggs like the chickens, milk like the cows, or wool like the sheep. He is simply small and humble.  Yet, it is the small and humble donkey that is chosen to carry a young pregnant girl named Mary into Bethlehem, and some years later it is a small and humble set of donkeys chosen to carry Mary’s son, Jesus into Jerusalem.

http://www.amazon.com/Pablo-Donkey-Used-Animals-Book-ebook/dp/B00L193SH6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

http://www.amazon.com/Pablo-Donkey-Used-Animals-Book-ebook/dp/B00L193SH6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

donkey story two 008

http://www.amazon.com/Pablo-Donkey-Used-Animals-Book-ebook/dp/B00L193SH6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Scott Plantation Settlement Fall Festival 2015

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale books, music and Pumpkin watercolor art

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale books, music and Pumpkin watercolor art. Tis the season to read pumpkin books.

http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Pumpkin-Patch-childrens-Thanksgiving/dp/1480236675/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Rod Ragsdale and his book booth of The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course

Rod Ragsdale and his book booth of The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course. Golf for children is a great family sport.

http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Adventure/dp/1514820870/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444479938&sr=1-1&keywords=rod+ragsdale

Carol Dabney cooking up something good for pioneer days at Scott's Pioneer Settlement

Carol Dabney cooking up something good for pioneer days at Scott’s Pioneer Settlement

Carol Dabney singing for the folks at the Scott's fall festival

Carol Dabney singing for the folks at the Scott’s fall festival

Rod Ragsdale playing his guitar and harmonica at the Plantation Festival 2015

Rod Ragsdale playing his guitar and harmonica at the Plantation Festival 2015

Playing our music. Original songs, plus country and gospel and patriotic music

Playing our music. Original songs, plus country and gospel and patriotic music

We got some local honey

We got some local honey

We admired local handsewn quilts

We admired local handsewn quilts

tasted honey butter freshly churnned

tasted honey butter freshly churnned

Canned goods by local gardeners

Canned goods by local gardeners

There was Hayrides for the kids. Viewed other nteresting automobiles of the past

There was Hayrides for the kids. Viewed other nteresting automobiles of the past

The beautiful white cotton grows in the south

The beautiful white cotton grows in the south

The baked goods were amazing

The baked goods were amazing

Blacksmith demonstration was really neat

Blacksmith demonstration was really neat

tours of the train station and about the cotton and other older buildings

tours of the train station and about the cotton and other older buildings

pioneer homes on the settlement in Scott Arkansas

pioneer homes on the settlement in Scott Arkansas

making something sweet naturally

making something sweet naturally

Of course there was a horse

Of course there was a horse

My cotton field watercolor painting

My cotton field watercolor painting

My pup and pumpkin watercolor painting

My pup and pumpkin watercolor painting. I will be reading the Happy Pumpkin, Patch story at the Good Earth Garden Center Pooches and Pumpkins Festival on Cantrell in Little Rock Arkansas Oct 17 2015 from 11-3 

Pumpkin books by local children's authors

Pumpkin books by local children’s authors

My watercolor pumpkins

My watercolor pumpkins

My Razorback Arkansas watercolor (Sold)

My Razorback Arkansas watercolor (Sold)

Rod Ragsdale book one of The Adventures of Andrew on the golf course 2015

Rod Ragsdale book one of The Adventures of Andrew on the golf course 2015

My Golf watercolor art

My Golf watercolor art

Rod Ragsdale book art by Carol Dabney

Rod Ragsdale book art by Carol Dabney

Scott Plantation Settlement Fall Festival

Scott Plantation Settlement Fall Festival

Summer Reading program at Williams library

Reading and music at Williams Library

Reading and music at Williams Library

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

Rod Ragsdale and his harmonica

Rod Ragsdale and his harmonica

dancing hula with the girls

dancing hula with the girls

Monarch Butterflies migrate to Mexico story time reading Bows and Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies migrate to Mexico story time reading Bows and Butterflies

Sing along

Sing along

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale

Love is Like Glue song

Love is Like Glue song

So music fun

So music fun

talking story together

talking story together

trying on Hawaiian leis and Mexican sombreros

trying on Hawaiian leis and Mexican sombreros

Only in our imagination can we go from Hawaii to Mexico in 30 minutes

Only in our imagination can we go from Hawaii to Mexico in 30 minutes

Rod sharing a joke upclose

Rod sharing a joke upclose

My story time and singing team Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and myself at a children's event in Little Rock

My reading team Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and myself at a children’s library event in Little Rock

Cindy Reyes has translated Bows and Butterflies in the beautiful Spanish language and it is in both the book and children can hear the bilingual story of Bows and Butterflies on the audiobook music CD as well.

Children's authors Donna Watkins and Carol Dabney working together on audiobook adventures for children.

Children’s authors Donna Watkins and Carol Dabney working together on audiobook adventures for children.

Donna Watkins wrote the words to On The Wings of Dreams for her story The Duck Adventures of Cheese and Quackers

Rod Ragsdale composed the music and we recorded the music at Blue Chair Recording Studio. Donna’s song went so well with my story Bows and Butterflies that she is sharing this beautiful song on my audiobook as well as hers. Her audiobook will be published soon. Go to Amazon.com and look at Donna Watkins children’s books.

Bows and Butterflies is a book and an audiobook with a song by Donna Watkins called On The Wings Of Dreams... recorded by Rod and Carol  find it online at amazon   write in the search box Carol Dabney music to find the audiobook story and song.

Bows and Butterflies is a book and an audiobook with a song by Donna Watkins called On The Wings Of Dreams… recorded by Rod and Carol find it online at amazon write in the search box Carol Dabney music to find the audiobook story and song.

http://www.amazon.com/Bows-Butterflies-Carol-Dabney-Ragsdale/dp/B012PN8DWG/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1439045959&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Carol+Dabney+music

Now children can listen to our stories and music as you drive in the car, on the way to school, on a trip. Read along with our books or just listen. Its fun and educational. Bows and Butterflies – book or audiobook CD. Your support helps us continue our work as local authors, artist and musicians.

We have enjoyed entertaining reading stories and playing music with children this summer at many libraries around the Little Rock area. If you have a party or event for children and want us to sing, read a fun story, and want to encourage children to read more, we can bring and sign our books personally to your children and its a gift your can give to each child at the end of the party that they can have in their home library. connect by emailing us at carol.dabney@yahoo.com

Recording character voices at the Studio

Children's authors Donna Watkins and Carol Dabney working together on audiobook adventures for children.

Children’s authors Donna Watkins and Carol Dabney working together on audiobook adventures for children.

Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and I traveled to Austin, Arkansas this month to Blue Chair Recording Studio to record voices for Donna Watkin’s Duck Adventures of Cheese and Quackers. An entertaining children’s story about migrating ducks. Rod had us tickled a couple of times with his British accent as Cheese. Cindy did most of the narration and then added a squeaky high voice for a small tea-cup piglet. I was the voice of the fluffy white duck Quackers with a slow southern draw.
Soon children will be able to listen to the story as well as read offered online at http://www.amazon.com

Recording voices for Donna Watkin's Duck Adventures of Cheese and Quackers

Recording voices for Donna Watkin’s Duck Adventures of Cheese and Quackers

Carol Dabney and Cindy Reyes having a little fun outside Blue Chair Recording

Carol Dabney and Cindy Reyes having a little fun outside Blue Chair Recording

Here is the story by Donna Watkins.

Here is the story by Donna Watkins.

Also on the audiobook Cheese and Quackers is a inspiring original song called

Also on the audiobook Cheese and Quackers is a inspiring original song called “on The Wings Of Dreams” words by Donna Watkins and music composed by Rod Ragsdale, which accompanies the story.

Summer Music Programs at Clinton’s Children’s Library

Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney play music for children's hour at the Hillary Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center

Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney play music for children’s hour at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale will be playing music during children’s story hour Monday August 3 and Monday August 10th at 10am and 11am Summer Children’s programs at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dabney and Ragsdale compose and record music and audiobooks for children. They also teach music on request guitar, piano, harmonica and ukulele. They sing at private birthday parties, luaus and special events.

Children enjoy interactive music time with Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale June 30

Children enjoy interactive music time with Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale June 30

children singing and dancing with Miss Carol

children singing and dancing with Miss Carol

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale having fun playing music for children

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale having fun playing music for children

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale having fun playing games during story hour at the Children's Library June 30, 2015

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale having fun playing games during story hour at the Children’s Library June 30, 2015

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale will be playing interactive music with children again August 3 and August 10th and 10am and 11am at the Hillary Clinton Children's Library.

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale will be playing interactive music with children again August 3 and August 10th and 10am and 11am at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library.

http://www.amazon.com/author/dabneycdbooks

READ ALOUD AMERICA MARCH 1

Dr Seuss Readers march 1

Dr Seuss Readers march 1

Reading for the Dr Seuss Birthday celebration

Reading for the Dr Seuss Birthday celebration

class questions on being an author and illustrator

class questions on being an author and illustrator

class asking questions on being at author

class asking questions on being at author

Carol Dabney reading at Ewa Beach

Carol Dabney reading at Ewa Beach

Dr Seuss Readers march 1

Dr Seuss Readers march 1

Friday March 1 is a day to read for your children and grandchildren, volunteer at your local school and library and join in reading across America. Children love to be read to, and when children read it helps them become better learners. It gives them confidence and helps them to do better in every subject. I know many of you can not just take off work and go read at the school. I am blessed that my present job make it possible for me to read. I love it!!!  However, you can read to your children every night when you tuck them into bed.  Buy them fun new books often and it will inspire them.  -Carol Dabney

I am volunteer reading at Ewa Beach Elementary School for the Read Aloud America program tomorrow on the island of Oahu.

For sgt. Yano Library march 6 for the children’s story hour at Schofield army Barracks Oahu, Hawaii

Hale Kula Elementary School March 7 Hawaiian Islands.

Donna Watkins-Author

Donna Watkins is a one of the nicest ladies you will ever meet anywhere. A Certified Dietitian and Nutritionist, Donna is educated as well as a creative author and illustrator. She has a great way of using her knowledge to reach children and teens in her books that teach all about the best food and recipes in her book “Cooking” and she teaches kids all about vegetable gardening the way her grandfather taught her in her book “Kidz gone to potz.” Her message is plant healthy, eat healthy, and she shows us all how to do it. She is a good friend and we have share illustration ideas at her house during our Writers Club meetings. Thanks Donna You’re the best!

More About the Author
› Visit Amazon’s D. S. Watkins Page
Biography
I am a retired Certified Dietary Manager (CDM),a Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP), and Nutrition Counselor. My work in dietitics span through 20+ years. Most of that tenure was spent working in my community, with homemakers and youth, instructing and engaging them in the areas of nutrition regarding healthy food consumption,food purchasing, food preparation and storage, gardening and food preservation, and family finances. I also worked for a period of time in the dietary department of a local Rehabilitation Hospital. I’ve written several books in a variety of genres, including, children’s books, cookbooks, gardening books, and, some works of fiction. Writing has always been a very rewarding hobby for me and one that I hope to be actively engaged in for years to come. The cookbook evolved from a simple cooking experience shared with my grand daughter as I was trying to pass along the Family’s Famous Chocolate Pie Recipe. The project grew into trying out many recipes for foods that kids love and, in turn, creating our own recipes, hence, the creation of our own cookbook. The gardening book grew out of a gardening experiment involving my two grandsons and a few of the neighborhood kids. We grew vegetables in big containers as well as planting a small patch of corn and melons. It was so much fun that they also wanted to share their experiences in a book. Teaching my grand chidren, and others, skills that will follow into their adult lives to help them lead self-reliable, accomplished lives was my goal and is my reward.

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Book Description
Publication Date: September 26, 2011
Plate food in front of a child – feed him for a day. Teach a child to cook – feed him for a lifetime. Fun recipes for the beginner Chef. Kitchen Boot Camp offers basic kitchen instructions. Fast Food Picks, Move That Body ,&, Skinny Down Those Recipes provide information regarding food choices, exercise, and, controlling calories in foods. Kitchen Krafts and Twang Codes provide tons of entertainment for Tweens and Teens. This Cookbook provides a stepping stone for beginner Cooks to learn about selecting and preparing foods and its quick fix meals offer a great advantage to families on the go.
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A great cookbook with a variety of different recipes November 2, 2011
By John M Murphy
Format:PaperbackThis is a great cookbook. It has a wide variety of different recipes and great illustrations that separate each category. The book is geared toward beginner chefs and does a great job of walking a person through each recipes. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Book for a Junior Chef! April 28, 2012
By Sage
Format:PaperbackJunior Chefs in the Game offers a variety of information to capture the interest of Tweens and Teens. Although this cookbook is geared toward lessons and recipes for the beginner chef, it is a good all around cookbook for busy families on the go who need quick fix easy recipes which will work for their busy lifestyles. Simple easy recipes like Whacky Packs, which are full course mini-meals, are quick fix for now or great to prepare and freeze for a fast meal when time is short. Combine this meal with a great salad or soup prepared from recipes included in the book and a well balanced meal will be on the table in minutes. There are loads of recipes to choose from: drinks, snacks, desserts, quick meals, and so much more. Plus, this book is such a great teaching tool to educate the young chef in the art of cooking. The skill is made fun by offering tested no fail recipes, sections to insight the young chef to create their own recipes, lessons on how to remake favorite recipes into healthier versions, fast food selections, calorie burn, and much more! This book has it all! What a great way to teach youth skills that will follow them throughout their lifetime! Great idea!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking Junior Chefs in the Game April 1, 2012
By Lollipops
Format:PaperbackCOOKING: JUNIOR CHEFS IN THE GAME is a fun new approach to teaching kids how to cook. Written with some sports terms, this is a cookbook that starts with the basics, how to measure, what cooking supplies you will need, how to use them, cooking terms and abbreviations and more. Nutritional guides are included as well.

Then the cookbook has a whole slew of great recipes, ranging from super-easy, I want a meal fast types to slightly more complicated (but not hard).

There are recipes for snack foods or appetizers, mini-meals, beverages, muffins, desserts and much more.

COOKING: JUNIOR CHEFS IN THE GAME is a cookbook especially designed for kids (girls and boys) ages 7 (with help) to adult to teach your kids, grandkids, or even yourself, how to cook. A winner with my team.

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Book Description
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
(Colored Picture Edition) Kidz Gone To Potz is a whimsical guide teaching children all about food – from the grow pot to the cook pot. Dirt, Bugs, and Worms provide the entertainment while kids are learning skills that will sustain them for a lifetime. Gardening plants seeds for learning Responsibility, Patience, Nurturing, and, Problem Solving which bear fruits of Achievement, Good Work Ethics, and Self-Confidence. Gardening offers the opportunity to learn about Science, Math, Chemistry, Ecology, Horticulture, Astrology, Environmental Stewardship, and, so much more. Gardening provides great healthy exercise and eating benefits, as well as being a wonderful activity in which the whole family can participate in together. Kidz Gone To Potz covers Container Gardening, Raised Bed Gardening, as well as Conventional Yard Gardening. The Pumpkin Patch, Potato Patch, and Sunflower Patch are also included. Best of all are the easy easy recipes using the foods that have been grown which are included in the book. Quick Cook Guides offer instructions for the young chef and Funny Food Faces round out the fun with some healthy creativity.

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Editorial Reviews
About the Author
Colton & Caden live in Arkansas and enjoy the outdoors. They like gardening, fishing, hunting, and sports of all kinds. Their grandmother, who co-authored the book, worked in the field of nutrition for 20 years, and received Master Gardener training through studies and from guidance by her father’s gardening techniques which she shares in the book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kidz Gone to Potz What this really is…. April 17, 2012
By Linda Nance
Format:PaperbackKids are no different than adults when it comes to finding joy in watching things grow. A child can see such wonder in the mysterious magic of life in all things, especially a little seed or plant they had a hand in growing. Gardening with your child, however small the project, teaches them skills that will last a lifetime, as well as provides outdoor entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. It offers an opportunity to not only learn and do something special together but also to enjoy the bounty the project grew and share it together.

Kidz Gone to Potz is mostly about Container Gardening, as the title implies, however, it also covers Raised Bed Gardening, and Conventional Yard Gardening as well. This book is full of learning opportunities presented in fun ways to capture a child’s interest.

Kids learn about horticulture, ecology, weather patterns, moon phases, pollination, natural pest control, companion plants, as well as experiencing education opportunities in the areas of Math, Science, Literacy, Health, Social Studies, History, and, Environmental Stewardship. This is an opportunity to learn and teach in doing and having fun. We learn twice as much when seeing and doing and experiencing the event as we do by just hearing or reading about it. This is the chance to make not only a garden even if it is one plant … but also to plant the seeds for the memories that carry on from one generation to another.

Worm Farming and Funny Food Faces round out this whimsical guide to outdoor fun. Fun easy recipes are included for the foods that have been grown. From The Grow Pot to The Cook Pot – this book has it all! What a great idea! I love this book not only for the wonderful way it is presented and the fun and knowledge it offers but for the opportunity to share it with my grandchildren and they with theirs. This book was a gift to me but I want to take the time to tell how much it means to me and recommend it as something special to have, use, share or give to others. The interest in all who have read it was immediate and the time is now.