Jeremy and Red Jeep are on a road trip when they happen upon Chester, a traveling tortoise, on his way to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chester is stuck, and it’s up to Jeremy and Red Jeep to set him free.
THE AUTHOR: Debra is the mother of two sons, Jeremy and Matthew. She is also a cancer survivor. The day before her sixty-first birthday, she started treatment. Although it was not an easy time, she saw it as a great opportunity to take a look around and zero in on what really matters. After cancer treatments, it was important for her to find a way to let her sons know how much she enjoyed them and their childhood. She said, “It’s not enough to just verbally let them know, I need to show them.” So, she picked a couple of her favorite memories and put them in story form.
Debra lives in the California wine country with her husband, Phil.
THE ILLUSTRATOR: Kim Sponaugle brings almost two decades of freelance children’s book illustration and design experience to Fruitbearer Publishing. A graduate of The Art Institute of Philadelphia, she began working for David C. Cook Publishing designing children’s curriculum and products but soon found her heart’s vocation in children’s illustration. In 2000, Kim illustrated her first picture book series Beatrice Loses Her Doll and Beatrice’s New Clothes with Concordia Publishing House and has been fascinated with the process and creation of children’s books ever since. She is a children’s book cover designer and has illustrated more than fifty books for kids. Kim received The Mom’s Choice Award, Pinnacle Book Award, CIPA EVVY Award, Reader’s Favorite Awards, is Story Monster approved, and most recently won a Purple Dragonfly Award (first place for illustrations, Nickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon.) Kim lives in Salem County, New Jersey, with her husband, son, and little Westie. Visit Kim at http://www.picturekitchenstudio.com.