WHOOSH! by Joan Leotta (illustrated by Rebecca Michael Zeissler)
"The sun tickles my face and I open my eyes.
"I jump out of bed and run to the window. The sky is gray and our yard is white! The bare brown branches of my favorite climbing tree are covered with a jacket of sparkling ice.
"I run into the kitchen and hug Mom and Dad. 'No work for you, Daddy! You can take me sledding!'
"Dad calls, 'One , two , three!' When he says 'three!' he puts his hands firmly on the back of the sled and pushes hard.
The sound of the sled going down the hill at a nearby park (WHOOSH!) guides the tale through the fun and bonding between the child and her dad. His love for her is demonstrated in the smallest ways—in gestures she may not understand now, but will impact her later.
In dialogue with both her dad and mom, the child reveals that time with them is indeed the most important thing to her—any day. This book is written from the first person point of view, so that the listener is able to visualize themselves in the role of the child.
Joan Leotta has been playing with words on page and stage since childhood. In addition to her work as an award-winning journalist, short-story writer, author, poet and essayist, Joan performs folklore and one-woman shows on historic figures. She has placed poems essays and short stories in many publications, including Poets and Postcards, A Quiet Courage, and Silver Birch, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and the latest Sisters in Crime Anthology, Fish or Cut Bait. Her four books of historical fiction (Legacy of Honor series) are available from Desert Breeze Publishing and Amazon.com along with her newly released collection of short stories, Simply a Smile. After a lifetime in snowier climes, Joan now lives in Calabash, NC, where she walks the beach with husband Joe. She collects shells, pressed pennies and memories. www.joanleotta.wordpress.com and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joan-Leotta-Author-and-Story-Performer/188479350973.