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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Price Stern Sloan (February 6, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843139250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843139259
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen Cosgrove is one of the best-selling children’s book authors of all time. His writing career began in 1973 when, while shopping at bookstores for his three-year-old daughter, he was frustrated by the lack of fun-to-read picture books that also convey positive values. Consequently, he decided to write his own stories. Cosgrove went on to create four titles that became the foundation of his best-selling Serendipity series, which has sold over 80 million copies worldwide. Since then, he has written more than 300 books, some under his own name and others using pseudonyms, ranging from picture books to young adult thrillers. The winner of the Coors Lumen Award for family values and multiple Children’s Choice Awards, he lives in Austin, TX.

Robin James is a gifted illustrator and a native of the Pacific Northwest. She has loved art and animals all her life and has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. Through the years, she has created a wide variety of artwork from animal portraits to wildlife paintings and has illustrated over 75 children’s books, and is published worldwide. She lives in Snohomish, WA.
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More About the Author

Stephen Cosgrove has always been a self-starter.

"When I can't get somebody to do it the way that I know it should be done, I usually do it myself. There is no glory in being a one-man band, but when you want to dance and there isn't any music, you best pull out your kazoo and start humming." In 1974 when he couldn't find a publisher to do his books the way he envisioned them, he founded Serendipity Press and became author, publisher, sales manager, and after 4 years sold 2 million copies.

In 1978 he merged his fledgling publishing company with P/S/S and focused his efforts as a writer. For the next decade he wrote over 70 Serendipity books and countless other value-based fantasy stories.

Stephen was born and raised in the Northwest (both Washington and Idaho). After graduating from Borah High School in Boise, Idaho, he attended college in the Midwest and although he had a passion for writing and storytelling he never held hope that a career would ensue.

In 1973 while working as a vice-president of a leasing company he attempted to buy his newborn daughter, Jennifer, a book. What he was looking for was a fun-to-read story that contained a subtle message of some sort. What he found instead was a plethora of expensive hardcover books that had little of the content that he was looking for. He got out his 'kazoo' and wrote his first stories. Teaming with a Seattle-born illustrator, Robin James, Stephen went on to create four titles that became the foundation of the Serendipity series: The Dream Tree, Serendipity, Wheedle on the Needle, and the Muffin Dragon. Stephen designed the books for manufacture as original paperback books, "'books that people can afford to buy.' The books were sent to a major New York publisher and delightfully the publisher quickly responded that they wished to publish the books. They did, although, balk at the, then un-heard of concept, of an original, inexpensive paperback. The New York publisher was resolute on the paperback issue and, in the on-going negotiations Stephen commented that if necessary he would publish them himself. The publisher laughed saying that would be next to impossible. Undaunted Stephen began to hum. Within 3 months Serendipity Press was born and the rest, as they say, is history.

To date Stephen Cosgrove has written over 300 books. He is currently his first Y/A fantasy series, Diary of an Angel. You can get a sneak peek at http://www.diaryofanangel.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books I have ever seen for young children who have either been abused or could be. It alerts young children of the dangers of "secrets" that are hallmarks of child abuse either about to happen or having already occurred. It also provides encouragement to those children who have already been abused to start talking about the abuse with an adult who can do something to help them. I have even see this story provide assistance for adults who have abuse issues to deal with.
I enjoy this stories at the age of 60 plus almost as much as my grandchildren have over the years. Each one of the Serendipity Series has beautiful and imaginative illustrations to go along with tales that always have an important lesson to teach.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Butler on April 29, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
A survivor of abuse myself I wanted a way to teach my children that I want them to learn to say "no" if they have to. I also wanted to teach them we would support them no matter what. This book is such a beautiful way to do that. The art and story are written for just them. All of the Serendipity Books deal with issues that face children in a way that they can feel safe and stronger for reading them. I strongly urge anyone interested in buying these books to do so. You will not be dissapointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was a fantastic way to introduce the idea of self protection to young children. Squeakers is a young sqirrel who is made to feel uncomfortable and threatened by a mole. It is very low key but gets across the message that it is OK to say no to adults sometimes and to tell an adult if someone molests or threatens you.
My children love this book and it has inspired many conversations about stranger danger etc.
A valuable book to own if you have young children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a teacher of elementary school children I always worry when I see them walking home alone, even in the safe community I teach in. This is a wonderful book with a cute and loveable main character, Squeakers, to show them it's okay to say "No" to strangers. A great book for both parents and teachers!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am only 14...But the serendipity books were really the only childrens books I ever had. I even have the original version of this book... It WAS called "Crickle Crack" IT makes me so sad that some of these are out of print, I used to have most of them and I keep clicking on them hoping to get a new copy and finding that they aren't there. It's SO sad! I wish someone had made me take better care of them and not allowed me to throw them out :( OH well...If you have young kids...BUY THEM THESE BOOKS! I still love 'em!
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