Music, children and story will combine in unique ways today in Kelowna as Wentworth Music hosts the launch of Good Natured Books.
Kelowna author and illustrator David Allen will be on-site for a reading, lullaby sharing and book signing of his newly released pre-school children’s book, A Song for Swinging.
The indie-publishing house, Good Natured Books, offers children’s storybooks about nature and being healthy. Allen loved to draw and write stories as a child and rediscovered his passion when his own kids began drawing and making art, according to Good Natured Books.
Lead characters Tingle and Tangle, a duo of gibbons, try their best at everything. So when a regular day in the trees takes a tumble, they are able to come out on top— while staying happy, healthy and in harmony with others, according to Good Natured Books.
“It all started one afternoon with my kids before nap-time; we were sitting together on our cozy rocking chair reading a new book about primates,” Allen said. “They both fell in love with the page about gibbons and, every time we read that book, they couldn’t wait to see them again.”
Then came the stuffies, gifts from their grandparents. Allen began sketching pictures of the fun-loving apes from the Asian jungle and his kids urged dad to write his first book.
The storybook includes the musical notes to a bedtime lullaby, an original work by Allen.
“I wondered what kind of a song would Tingle and Tangle like before bedtime, so I came up with a simple lullaby that I would sing to my kids every night,” he said. “Children love to hear the sound of their parent’s voice and it sets them up for a good sleep, which leads to a happier child overall.”
The public is invited to attend the book signing beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Wentworth Music, #106 1634 Harvey Avenue in Kelowna.
You’ll find A Song for Swinging at the Okanagan Regional Library, for purchase at Mosaic Books or for order at goodnaturedbooks.com.
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