Josie Jo’s Got to Know
Written by Dee Dee Parker. Illustrated by Jenny Allen.
Published by Pinfeather Press in 2005.
My sweet and gentle friend, Dee Dee Parker, wrote and published Josie Jo’s Got to Know through much heartache. Dee Dee has triumphed over many difficulties in this life. One of them was walking her daughter Brooke through the fires of cancer and into the arms of Jesus.
To honor Brooke’s curiosity and determination Dee Dee took on the task of turning her daughter’s dream of writing a picture book into reality after Brooke’s death. The result is a delightful peek at a very curious little girl.
I’m guessing the rhymed verse and the cute illustrations in Josie Jo’s Got to Know remind Dee Dee of Brooke’s childhood. The questions about raindrops and sunshine, clown noses and broccoli are gentle reminders for me to stop and thank God for my own children’s endless questions that challenged me and often made me giggle.
However, Josie Jo’s Got to Know is also a cute read for me and my grandchildren to share some lap time, and to open the door for them to bombard me with their own innocent questions.
Josie Jo’s Got to Know is definitely a sharable book to encourage parents, grandparents and their endlessly curious kids.
Thanks, Dee Dee, for inspiring me as a writer AND as a child of God with my own set of difficulties. You’re one of the most godly women I know, and a bright star on my journey toward publication.
P.S. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF JOSIE JO’S GOT TO KNOW BENEFIT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS, CANCER RESEARCH AND CANCER PATIENT EXPENSES.
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