Looking to make something positive in a year of COVID-19, two local sisters came together to fulfill a childhood dream of writing a book. The children's book, “Tango's Teddy,” is now available …
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Looking to make something positive in a year of COVID-19, two local sisters came together to fulfill a childhood dream of writing a book. The children's book, “Tango's Teddy,” is now available for sale on Amazon.
Jenna Revell of Lone Tree and sister Amanda Revell of Castle Rock are excited the book became reality.
Jenna said she has always had a passion for writing, dating back to grade school.
“I always said I would write a book, but like so many things, life just gets in the way,” Jenna said. “I knew I wanted to write a children's book, and with the pandemic, we suddenly had the time to do it.”
While Jenna did the writing for “Tango's Teddy”, Amanda is the artist behind the book's illustrations.
Jenna said she came up with the idea for the book in 2010, drawing on experiences from childhood. The Revell sisters said they were part of a military family, which meant relocating every time their father, who served in the Air Force, was transferred to a new base. The sisters said in the military, new friends are family.
“We met a lot of people and we realized how the American family is always changing,” Jenna said. “We wanted to share this experience through a book.”
In the book, when a little cheetah named Tango finds a lost teddy bear, he sets out to help find its family. As he searches, he brings young readers on an adventure through the African plains to see the different kinds of families that live there.
He finds families with stripes, families with long necks, and even families with slippery skin. But he does not find any families that look like the teddy bear. Just as Tango begins to worry that he may never find the teddy's family, he finds a wise creature who tells him that you do not need to look alike to be a family.
Through its colorful illustrations, “Tango's Teddy” shows young readers that some families look the same and other families look different. But in the end, Tango learns that the meaning of family is deeper than it looks.
Jenna and Amanda say the book is perfect for children in foster families or those who have been adopted. Feeling different or out of place can be something children go through, Amanda said.
After taking the first step with the inaugural book, the Revell sisters say they learned a lot and plan to keep moving forward.
While Tango the cheetah might be revived for future adventures, the Revell sisters said they may also venture into creating new characters and adventures through new ideas.
To learn more about the Revell sisters, or to purchase the book, visit the website at https://www.revellstories.com.
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