Polly and Her Pigtails

Children - Grade K-3rd
40 Pages
Reviewed on 03/13/2014
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Author Biography

Debra is an award-winning author and passionate storyteller who believes everyone has a significant life story to share. She is dedicated to reviving the art of generational storytelling as a way to preserve family history, while teaching core value lessons that will build a strong foundation for children.

Spending decades working in the corporate arena, Debra tapped into her creative side by writing a series of children’s books inspired by life’s rich tapestries. She created The Age of Storytelling Book Series to deliver colorfully illustrated and enriching stories for young and old alike. Her books are designed to create an atmosphere for “Sharing stories ~~ shaping lives”.

Debra has worked with charitable organizations and women’s groups in the Virginia and Washington DC area for over 20 years. She remains committed to using her voice and talent in support of civic community efforts.

Debra is available for special events, parties, book signing and speaking engagements. She approaches her presentations with tremendous honesty, warmth and humor. She is a thought-leader with the rare ability to inspire audiences, while leaving them with actionable life-changing strategies.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite

Polly and Her Pigtails, written by Debra Sue Latiolais and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams, is a lovely children’s book about a little girl named Polly. The most important thing to Polly is being the prettiest girl in school, so she loves to wear pretty dresses and wear her beautiful blonde hair in pigtails. Because of something mean that the class bully does to her, and with the help of her mother, Polly soon learns the true meaning of beauty and that beauty is not all about a person’s appearance.

As a mother, an educator, and just a woman in the society we live in, I immediately recognized the importance of the message that Polly and Her Pigtails presents. So many little girls grow up thinking the way they look is what is most important. Teenagers, and even grown women, spend so much time focusing on their outer beauty and forget that it is what is on the inside that matters. The lesson behind this charming story is an essential one that all children need to learn, especially girls. In addition to the crucial message this book teaches, I absolutely adored the story. It may be set in the 1930s, but that just makes this book so unique. The subject is still completely relevant in today’s world, maybe even more so. I also think it is such a great idea for children to see how life was like back then. They will be able to distinguish between certain items of that time compared to our more modern times. And if they can’t, there is a cute and helpful page at the back that explains the different items, such as an inkwell and knickers, which were mentioned in the story. Plus, the illustrations are stunning. Full of vibrant colors and detailed images reminiscent of historical times, children will thoroughly enjoy every picture on every page.

I can’t say enough about this book. I absolutely loved it, and I cannot wait to read it to my daughter as she grows up. Debra Sue Latiolais did a fantastic job in creating such an entertaining story with a very important message. I can’t wait to see more from this incredible author.

Janice Pearson

My third grade daughter just finished reading the book. My sister bought it for her birthday. She loved it and is now asking me questions and telling me about what she has learned from the book. She is applying it to situations at her school and I can see that she has matured as a result of reading the book. She has become more interested in reading and for the first time wants me to take her to the children's library. I had to read it myself to see what has made her so enthusiastic about what she has learned and her desire to want to read more instead of watching television.I give this book the full five star rating. Janice Pearson, Henderson, Nevada

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Christine LeMaire · Chief Executive Officer at CGL Entertainment, LLC

I totally agree! This is such a beautiful story and illustrations bring it to life I have given it as gifts to the children in my life and all loved it and now have great affection for Polly & Her Pigtails! A perfect gift!

Miles Ghorbanian

My mom wrote this book and I am very proud of her. She's always been an amazing storyteller and a gifted writer.

Doreen Spicer-Dannelly

The magic of storytelling happens when an author reveals a current truth in a nostalgic setting. Debra Latiolais has created this magic by weaving historical themes with the valuable lessons of self-esteem and transformation.

Michael Ghorbanian

This book was written by my mom. She writes about the stories she heard from her parents and grandparents when she was growing up, and she's passed these stories down to me and my brother. And she always has a message to share about doing the right thing. I think she's done a great job!

Carrie Bishop

This is a great book and brings so much attention to current social issues. A must read for every family!

Tonya Brown

Congratulations to Debra Latiolais for winning the Silver Medal in the Readers' Favorite International Book Contest. This is a book I've read (and re-read) to my 7 year old twin daughters. They love it and so do I! Can't wait to read the next one!!