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Award-winning Author visits the St. George Children’s Museum to encourage healthy eating habits!
St. George, Utah, August 2015 – Virginia “VS” Grenier is an Award-winning author, Mom’s Choice Honoree and Director of the St. George Book Festival. She has been writing since moving to St. George, Utah a little over 10 years ago.
“I never thought I would become an author when I moved to St. George. My husband and I made the choice to come here so we could raise our children in a place we felt was safe and had good people surrounding them,” said Grenier. “I fell into writing as a hobby since I wasn’t used to staying home full-time after working in the fashion industry for so many years in the Los Angeles area.”
Grenier’s latest picture book, “Whistle Beans” is based on the family secret of how to whistle. A family friend shared the secret with her when she was little. However, Grenier only shared the secret with her children…until now!
“Children have a hard time learning to whistle and most kids don’t like to eat vegetables. I know I didn’t and I wasn’t good at whistling either,” said Grenier. “When I about four or five, Charlie Baker, a family friend, told me that if I ate Whistle Beans—which just happened to be a very special vegetable—I’d be able to whistle just like him. And it worked!”
In Grenier’s recently released picture book, “Whistle Beans” children will get to go on another adventure with SugarPaw and Bonnie Whiskers, two of Grenier’s beloved characters from her award-winning picture book, “Babysitting SugarPaw.” This time SugarPaw finds himself in trouble when he lets out Bonnie Whiskers pet parrot, Cesar. They end up chasing Cesar all over town and in the process; SugarPaw learns secrets about the vegetable growing in his very own backyard.
Through exploring the world of vegetables with SugarPaw and Bonnie Whiskers, children gain a deeper understanding of healthy eating in a fun and silly way. “Whistle Beans” exposes children to an unexpected new way of looking at those leafy greens. While building confidence, critical thinking skills and strong whistles. Of course, SugarPaw will be up to his usually antics and will have kids laughing, too.
“This picture book isn’t only for children. Parents and educators will find in the back of the book Fresh Facts about the different vegetables in the story. Each vegetable plays an important part in helping SugarPaw and Bonnie Whiskers find Cesar, and this section gives information on why that is,” said Halo Publisher Lisa M. Umina.
Come meet Virginia “VS” Grenier at the St. George Children’s Museum on August 21 and August 22, 2015 at 11am on both days. Grenier will be reading her newest picture book “Whistle Beans” and her award-winning picture book “Babysitting SugarPaw.” Children and their parents can learn about the writing process and the real stories behind each of Grenier’s picture books. Kids will also have a chance to buy autographed copies of both books, and take photos with Grenier and her lovable character SugarPaw, too.
About the Author:
VS Grenier is an award-winning author and a Mom’s Choice Honoree, who loves spinning tales from her childhood into adventures in the World of Ink for children of all ages to enjoy. When she isn’t busy writing or planning community events for the St. George Book Festival, Grenier is playing dress-up or having tea parties with her girls. She also enjoys taking long hikes in the desert with her miniature schnauzer, Taz. You can learn more about VS Grenier at http://vsgrenier.com
About the Illustrator:
Kevin Scott Collier is a commercial artist/designer by profession as well as an author and illustrator of over 130 children's books. He lives in beautiful Grand Haven, a quaint port city along the Lake Michigan shoreline with his wife, Kristen and son, Jarod. You can learn more about Kevin Scott Collier at http://kevinscottcollierhomepage.blogspot.com
Whistle Beans: Another SugarPaw Adventure written by VS Grenier and illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier, publisher Halo Publishing, Int., ISBN: 978-1612443676 (paperback) ; Price: $10.95 (paperback); $16.99 (Hard cover); $4.95 (eBook), Available at Amazon; B&N and local bookstores.
Review copies, cover and author photography and interviews are available upon request.
Contact: Ann Stallard at [email protected]


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