Rosalinda's Christmas Story: and other Christmas celebrations (Paperback)
Amity Anderson and Autumn Woods befriend a classmate of Amity's who attends Basin City Elementary for only part of the school year. Rosalinda Garcia travels with her parents and brothers to work in farm crops. This year they experience serious problems. See to what lengths true friends will go to help them out of a bind. Amity and Autumn lend accounts of celebrations around the world in letters from other Global PenPals. An addendum adds celebrations that follow the Christmas season.
Marcia Harvey Elovich has enjoyed interacting with children in family, at school and other community settings. When she began looking forward to retirement from the local school district, she set up a website around two fictional characters, Amity Anderson and Autumn Woods, using her granddaughter and her niece as visual models for the character images she draws. Through the website, Marcia continues to story-tell to youngsters and adults alike. Amity lives on the farm in Basin City where, in fact, Marcia was raised, and she pursues many of the same interests and activities Marcia did while growing up with her best friend Linda. Autumn lives in town and attends Amistad Elementary School, where Marcia formerly worked as a para-eductor, and earlier as a nurse in the Kennewick School District. This was the birthplace of her peaked interest in interacting with children and later-in-life interest in education. Marcia has recently begun manufacturing of the character dolls and is now converting the website stories into children's books. Also within the framework of her stories, Marcia has interactions from her personal pen pals with whom she is communicating around the globe. Through contrast and compare, she can better present awareness of how alike we are from country to country, culture to culture, religion to religion. "Perhaps the next generation will be more compassionate, not merely tolerating diversity but embracing it!" she adds. In their retirement, Marcia works with her husband Bob, marketing her dolls and his woodworked doll furniture. Marcia has one young adult son living at home and an older son living within the community. Her daughter and grandchildren live out of state. Through Bob, she has acquired a second daughter who lives in the area and a step-son living out of state. Marcia specifically wants to thank her mother and father, Bob and Kay Harvey, for providing a childhood almost as colorful as the fictional one of which she writes. They gave to her, her three brothers and many childhood friends their mentoring in an era when the village actually did help raise the children.