Clarabelle Pig Comes Clean—And Takes on the Bullies!

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by Timothy J. Verret
Illustrated by April Pedersen

Clarabelle Pig was drinking from the school water fountain when Barrett Frog hopped in front of her, blocking her. He stood with Andrea Fox and Ferdinand Rabbit, all laughing.

“Pigs shouldn’t drink out of fountains!” said Barrett, leaping and chuckling.

“They’re too dirty,” Andrea said, wrapping her gorgeous tail around her neck.

“Oink, oink, stinky piggy!” chimed in Ferdinand, holding his whiskered nose.

Clarabelle shook her head and stomped off to her next class. “I’m so tired of those meanies saying pigs are muddy and smelly,” she thought. “I’m gonna prove them wrong, once and for all.”

Find out how Clarabelle stops the hurtful name-calling in its tracks in Clarabelle Comes Clean, a wonderful addition to humane education classwork and lessons in bullying and societal stereotyping. The book is perfect for ages 6 and up, and the illustrations keep the attention of younger students too in parental, library, and classroom read-alongs.

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About the Author

tim picTimothy J. Verret is an actor, playwright, and poet. This is his first published children’s book, and he is very excited about that. Timothy is passionate about animal welfare, and always welcomes the opportunity to bridge his creative life with that of an animal rights advocate. He has had two plays published and available on Amazon: the denial family and Ingenting. Timothy also has a collection of sonnets (77 Spiritual Sonnets: Storms to Serenity) available through Amazon. Timothy received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama through the University of Texas at Austin, and has acted in numerous stage productions in Austin. He took on the role of Iago in Othello for which he was nominated for a national Falstaff Award for Best Male, Supporting.

About the Illustrator

aprilpedersenOur whimsical artist, April Pedersen, is a freelancer based in Reno, Nevada. She is partial to frogs, geocaching, science fiction, video poker, and chess.

April is the author and illustrator of Slow Moe, and the illustrator of Adopting Adele, Brave Benny, Bravo’s Freedom, Happy Dog Coloring Book, A Tail of Two Christmases, Dandelion’s Dream, Clarabelle Comes Clean, and Courageous Conner.

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A Puppy Mill Dog Gets a New Life in “Tiffany Rolls On”, by Stephanie Itle-Clark

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Meet tiny Tiffany and her big personality in this touching story of compassion, determination, and triumph. Readers will discover the dark and dank place (a puppy mill) where Tiffany began her life, and experience her rescue and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Yet even after her rescue Tiffany struggles to play like the other dogs, due to her injuries and weak legs. With the help of her foster mom Ashley, Tiffany gains strength in both body and spirit while she waits for her adoptive family.

Tiffany discovers independence and positivity when she gets a wheelchair that allows her to run and play like the other dogs.

Tiffany Rolls On promotes perspective building and empathy for others, while also supporting conversations about both animal welfare and the fact that our commonalities outweigh our differences. Perfect for ages 4 and up, Tiffany’s story can be useful in a variety of humane-themed lessons, including discussions about disabilities, animal welfare, adoption, and companion animal care.

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The author, Stephanie Itle-Clark, tells us: “Almost 15 years ago a tiny dog, who it turns out was from a puppy mill, changed my life and my career. I swore that her short life would be one that motivated positive change and that I would use my education degrees to support those who wanted to teach about humane issues and the systemic abuses against animals and people so common in our society. One of the results of my promise to her is the Academy of Prosocial Learning, another is this picture book, Tiffany Rolls On.

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Stephanie Itle-Clark is a former public-school developmental reading teacher, and the founder and president of the Academy of Prosocial Learning, where she supports prosocial and empathy education and provides resources and professional development for educators. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their pack of tiny rescue dogs.

About the Illustrator

Rhonda Van is an artist, wildlife rehabber, and lifelong animal lover. She particularly adores jackrabbits, squirrels, her animal companions, Shark Week, vegan dinners in Santa Cruz, and her husband Tony. Rhonda has been drawing forever, but only got deeper into illustration after she started drawing the wildlife friends she cares for. Rhonda is the illustrator of Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, and Tiffany Rolls On.

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