An Endearing Tale Told Through ‘The Fountain That Uncle John Built’

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Inspiring children’s book to be featured at the 2011 BookExpo America to be held in New York City, NY

An inspiring story of five beautiful birds will surely delight and teach lessons to children of early school age as author Annette Spelman presents The Fountain That Uncle John Built. Released through Xlibris, this picture book is enhanced by the colorful illustrations of Josephine Casados to amuse and entertain readers.

The Fountain That Uncle John Built is a colorful picture book designed for children of early school age. Based on a true story, it began when “Uncle John” and his friend brought a large fountain up to Grandma’s house in the mountains of New Mexico, a high desert state that often is very dry. Uncle John wanted to help the birds find water all year round. Slowly and cautiously, the birds approached the fountain and took sips of water before flying away. Grandma describes the first five species of birds that come and what happens in her yard. Making the story more educational, Spelman has added facts from authors who have studied bird habits for many years.

Through this book, children will not only find amusement and fun but they will also be motivated to learn more about the beautiful creatures that fly in the skies.

This book will be featured at the 2011 BookExpo America in New York City, NY on May 26-28, 2011. For more information on The Fountain That Uncle John Built, log on to

About the Author
Annette Spelman is a grandmother. She was a registered nurse working with children for many years. As a pilot, she was an instructor in general aviation at Brown Field near the California/Tijuana border. For twenty-three years, she has lived near the mountains of Santa Fe County, New Mexico. This is her first book.

About the Illustrator
Josephine Casados is a mother of two sons. She works with children as a registered nurse at a pediatric center. She has many artistic talents, including painting, retablos, award-winning irises, jewelry, and wooden angels. She lives with her husband, Alex, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Publication Date: May 12, 2010
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4500-5004-3
Picture Book Hardcover; $25.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4500-5005-0

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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