An Engaging Tale About Gab’s Send-Off for Grandpa

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Connie Corder Herbilla's Children’s book to be featured at this year’s Frankfurt Book Exhibit

Letting go is something that can be very hard especially for a very young child. Author Connie Cordero Herbilla invokes nostalgic memories of childhood as she shares an engaging new tale about Gab’s Send-Off For Grandpa.

Grandpa’s six-week vacation is over and he has to, once again, leave his family in the Philippines. As the family accompanies him to the airport to send him off back to his work in South America, two-year-old Gab becomes a little problem. It seems that he is having a hard time letting go of Grandpa—literally and figuratively. For the past three days, he has been clinging tightly to Grandpa and that upsets everybody, especially Grandma. Grandpa and Gab have become close during their happy moments together. They have been to the beach several times, walking barefoot in the sand when the sun is not hot, dipping their feet in the water, picking shells. They also played hide-and-seek and animal shadow-making at home. So how would little Gab react when Grandpa leaves?

Bursting with illustrations creatively done by artist Verciluis Mila, Gab’s Send-Off For Grandpa is a heart-rending tale of love expressed by an innocent heart. With vibrant images and amusing characters playing around a poignant lesson, this book is perfect for parent-child and grandparent-grandchild bonding.

Gab’s Send-Off For Grandpa will be featured at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Exhibit in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 12 to 16, 2011. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Author Connie Herbilla has been a public school teacher in Compton, California since 1987. She finished her Education Degree at Central Philippine University and her MA in English and American Literature at Silliman University in the Philippines. She went to the University of Arizona for her post graduate studies. Prior to her coming to the US, she taught for thirteen years at Central Mindanao University in southern Philippines where the illustrator of this book was one of her students.

Illustrator Verciluis Mila is employed as a Forester and GIS Technician at Barama Co. in Guyana. A Licensed Forester, he got his bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Central Mindanao University in the Philippines. In his work, he usually does geo-referenced computer-aided mapping and 3D architectural designing. An art enthusiast, his interests vary from woodcarving to brush painting and pencil sketching.

Gab's Send-Off For Grandpa * by Connie Cordero Herbilla
Publication Date: December 4, 2009
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4415-9521-8
Picture Book Hardcover; $25.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4415-9522-5

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