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Contact us

Louisiana
Center for the Book

Celebrating Readers, Writers and Their Books

If you are looking for Information on author submission criteria, follow this link or email the Louisiana Book Festival Office with questions concerning author submissions.

SEND US EMAIL
(225) 219 - 9503
Louisiana Center for the Book
701 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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Mary Helen Blanchard
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Mary Helen Blanchard is an educator and author with over 30 years teaching and writing experience. After spending 22 years in the classroom, Blanchard retired to begin a new career in professional development for teachers in hands-on learning and literacy. Blanchard resides in Louisiana where she continues to enjoy providing professional development for teachers, writing, and reading to her eight grandchildren.

Shirley's Story: The Heart Always Remembers

Mary Helen Blanchard, an educator with over 30 years teaching and writing experience, teamed up with life-long friend and illustrator, Sue Brunner, to tell this fascinating and factual story about Shirley the Elephant. As a young mother and teacher, Mary Helen would take her 3 children and classroom students to visit the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo in Monroe, Louisiana. There they would see lonely Shirley, with her crooked leg and torn ear. When Shirley was moved to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee in 1999, the event made front page headlines in their hometown...especially when the news of Shirley's reunion with a younger elephant unfolded. The two elephants seemed to remember one another. After some research it was discovered that the two elephants had been in a circus together over twenty years before their reunion!

Mary Helen and Sue knew that this story had to be told in a format for children. They teamed up to bring this heart-warming story to children in a picture book format with beautiful watercolor illustrations. Children and animal lovers of all ages will love this true story that calls us to question our perceptions about these magnificent mammals.

As well as the uplifting story that will entertain and inform children, the book contains a timeline for use by teachers and parents that documents Shirley's remarkable life. In addition, there is a 'food for thought' page that outlines positions pro and con for keeping elephants in captivity versus keeping them in the wild that will stimulate discussion with young and old readers alike. And last but not least, the book features a coloring page that teachers and parents can copy for their young readers to enjoy.

Shirley's Story - The Heart Always Remembers! is a must read for anyone who has ever been interested in these peaceable pachyderms and wants to be inspired and learn more about them!

1:30 PM – 2 PM

State Library, Seminar Center

Book Talk

Shirley: The Heart Always Remembers

 

2:15 PM – 3 PM

Barnes & Noble, Jr. Tent

Book Signing