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Your Child's New Favorite Books!

Three books, "Aunt Mary's Pottery," "And Candy Lived," and "And Candy Smiled"

Carole's Books - Reasonably Priced! Own All Three!

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Aunt Mary's Pottery

"Aunt Mary's Pottery" is a true,  inspirational story. Carole's Aunt Mary, stricken at an early age with a disease called polio, made her life creating stunning pottery to sell.

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And Candy Smiled

“And Candy Smiled” is a heartwarming story about the Sarkan family’s three-legged dog and her journey to keep living after tragedy.

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And Candy Lived

“And Candy Lived” picks up one year after Candy’s last year on earth, celebrating life eternal and the love between a special dog and her family.

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Author Carole Sarkan holding her book "And Candy Smiled"

Meet the Author

Carole Sarkan

Carole Sarkan is a retired school teacher who has always had a passion for writing, music, history, and art. After college she combined these interests and became an elementary teacher. Since the age of six she has always wanted to write children's books. Now she is fulfilling that dream. Carole comes from a family of artists. Her grandparents were song writers, her mother and father were musicians who loved writing eloquent letters, and her brother Jim Grabill is a prolific poet and teacher in Portland, Oregon. Carole is originally from Bowling Green, Ohio and currently lives with her family in Grand Rapids, Ohio. She taught writing, reading and history in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Meet the Illustrator

Emily Christoff

Emily Christoff has always had a fascination with drawing people, animals, and nature since she was a little girl growing up in the farmlands of Ohio. Her parents supported her love of painting and encouraged her to pursue art as a career. She earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 1987 and has supported herself for the past 37 years. She currently teaches pastel classes at the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, teaches pastel workshops, and teaches privately from her home studio in Newport News, Virginia.

Book illustrator Emily Christoff

What Will Your Child Learn?

  • Perseversance

    You can go on no matter what
    the circumstances!

  • Self-Confidence

    Believe in yourself through life’s setbacks!

  • Ambition

    Don’t quit believing in your dreams!

  • Positivity

    Positive thoughts bring positive outcomes!

Community Commentary

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Five out of five(5/5)

Overall Customer Rating

Christian Krugman

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"Dog lover's delight"

We love this heartwarming story of the strong love and bond with a dog! Every dog owner can relate to it! Great for all ages and beautiful illustrations! Thank you for the wonderful read, Carole!

Elie Krassow

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"Five Stars"

WONDERFUL INSPIRING tug at your heartstrings!!

Belenda Kemp

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“Triumph of the human spirit”

I love, LOVE your newest book Carole. I felt transported to another time with Mary's polio diagnosis, yet still a timeless story of courage and strength of spirit in the face of adversity. The triumph of her soul truly shines through in your words. Thank you for sharing Mary with us. The best stories, and books, are those that we know don't truly end, they live on in our hearts and souls

Upcoming & Past Events

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    Upcoming: Applebutter Festival: Local Author Signing

    24049 Front Street, Grand Rapids, OH 53522
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


    Upcoming: Sunset Jazz & Arts Festival: Local Author Signing

    Grand Rapids, OH 53522
    12:00 PM - Sunset


    Upcoming: Wood County Public Library: Local Author Signing

    251 N Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402
    2:00 PM  - 3:00 PM


    Upcoming: Books & Books Book Store: Author Signing

    3409 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM


    Upcoming: Coconut Grove Branch Library: Author Signing

    2875 McFarlane Rd, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


    Crosby Gardens: Author Signing

    Elmer Dr, Toledo, OH 43615
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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