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The Author and the Illustrator
Angela T. Baron is the author and illustrator of the children’s books A Tale of Two Squirrels (2013) and Squirrely Over Nuts (2010). After receiving a BS in Zoology from Texas A & M University, she started work in the veterinary field. Feeling her creative spark grow while working with animals at the clinics and while volunteering at the zoological gardens, she began filing ideas and stories in her head. The birth of her children fueled that fire and she began writing for children, using nature as an outlet to teach them about various issues and entertain them at the same time. Now she has expanded to include young adults in her audience. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and the creator of the I Otter Be® line of illustrations that are available through her website. Otters are her favorite wildlife creature and her cute and active otter character found its way into the market via t-shirts and mugs. She lives with her husband and two children in western New York, where she actively writes and illustrates for herself and others, while still staying active in the volunteer community.
But some great movements in history were the cause of a simple belief, like freedom. Then I started thinking about that power in the mind of a four-year old, who believes in Santa Clause. The joy that shines from an eager child, the night before Christmas, as they set out a plate of cookies and a glass of milk. I think about how so many parents play along, even though they don’t believe, just to please their child.
On top of that, there are the countless stories of people recovering from incurable diseases or conditions by their belief in God, and the power of a prayer. If one person with a belief can be that powerful, and a whole group of people with a belief can move battle lines, what if everyone in the world shared the same belief? Maybe if everyone in the world really believed that we could have world peace, it might just happen.
Member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators