Kristen Halverson: THE DANCING SWAN

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am


Dragonfly Books, in partnership with ArtHaus and in celebration of their new space, welcomes Elkader children’s book author Kristen Halverson for storytime, an author talk, and art activities featuring her new book, Sienna Rose:  The Dancing Swan (Wind Rise Books, LLC 2019). Halverson will read from and talk about writing her book and lead art activities related to the book on Saturday morning, October 26th at 9:00 a.m. at ArtHaus, 107 West Broadway, Decorah.

Halverson was first inspired by her horses' personalities and events on their farm to write and launch her first storybook, The Tale of Josephine Rose: A Horse's Magical Neigh, (Wind Rise Books, LLC 2016), which focuses on themes of kindness and inclusion. Since 2016 she has published eight more children’s books with two forthcoming in fall 2019--The Tale of Prince Misha: The Lost Snow Maiden, a Russian themed fairytale, and Meow Cello.

A Houston, Texas native, Halverson moved to Elkader, Iowa in 2014. She has degrees in Political Science, Spanish, and Strategic Leadership from LeTourneau University and studied creative writing there as well as Hollins University in Virginia. These classes inspired her to eventually embark on her own literary journey. She is currently specializing in library programs that cater to PreK-5th grades along with programs for adults that focus on the history of the horse as well as writing workshops.

The public is invited to attend the ArtHaus Spectacular held on Oct 26 at their new location, 107 West Broadway.  Many local businesses have joined in celebrating the International Day of the Artist with window displays. Following the 9 am story hour with Kristen Halverson there will be a Tiny Masters class from 10-11 am.  This free sample class is open to 2-4 year olds and explores painting, sculpture making, and printmaking.

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Sienna Rose: The Dancing Swan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578516035
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kristen Halverson - August 1st, 2019

Sienna Rose, a curious swan has a dream to dance on her toes. After reading books about ballet, she seeks the help of her best friend Dasha. Sienna Rose soon meets teacher Tatiana, who shows her how to dance ballet. Tatiana encourages Sienna Rose to try out for the grand ballet in May.

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