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Full Book Blurb—220 words
Why Me? Positive Verse for Loss and Sadness eloquently guides both young and old readers through life’s sometimes catastrophic events. Using poetic free verse, Phebe Phillips leads her readers into awareness that each of us is special and that indeed, each of us is loved.
Why Me? is designed to bring words of comfort to those affected by life-changing events such as a death, the heart-breaking loss of a pet, a change in family structure, or one of life’s many challenges and disappointments.
Beautifully illustrated in chalk pastels, Phebe frees each reader to use their own imagination as she weaves her story to include diverse portrayals of ethnicity and gender while using animals in human form.
Many illustrations hold a deeper meaning than what may be seen upon first glance, such as in the illustration for “Sometimes things leave…” which represents the ladder to the sky as a DNA double helix marked with hydrogen bonds.
This story was originally created at the suggestion of the Dallas Chapter of the American Red Cross to address positively the hard subjects of loss and sadness. Since its beginning 4000 copies have been placed in the ARC’s Emergency Response Vehicles for distribution to those in need of comforting words. Why Me? is appropriate for all ages, and is also available in Spanish.
Short Book Blurb—58 words
Why Me? Positive Verse for Loss and Sadness guides young and old readers through life’s sometimes catastrophic events. Why Me? is designed to bring words of comfort to those affected by life-changing events such as a death, the heart-breaking loss of a pet, a change in family structure, or one of life’s many challenges and disappointments.
“Phebe Phillips’ understanding of children’s grief is exemplified in her verse—childlike in rhyme and lyrical message, but mature in its capacity to offer growth edges of the new and altered reality within a loss. Her verse truly offers healing and hope to all.”
Chaplain Laura Parsons, Board Certified, NACC Mercy Health, East Market, Cincinnati, Ohio
“In every pain and in every struggle, whether physical or mental; whether natural or man-made, there is a chance for humans to be resilient – if we know how. Resiliency can be learned and is a powerful tool at our disposal. Phebe shows us how to change our minds, and yet dig deep, in this book…no matter our age.”
Barb Reynolds, PRS. Managing Partner, Recovery Spectrum, and Former Executive Director, Mental Health America of Greater Dallas.
Phebe Short Bio—99 words
Phebe Phillips is a Texas author writing poetry and short stories that illuminate the wonder and perplexity of life. Her poetry is published in literary magazines worldwide.
Her latest book, Why Me? Positive Verse for Loss and Sadness, explores positive themes of growth, happiness, and overcoming limitation. In this book, Phebe’s theme is designed for children, yet it possesses an intellectual depth appealing to adults.
Phebe lives in Dallas with her husband, Mac Hargrove, and a cat named Harold-of-God—a striped tabby who walked out of his stray-kitten-life and into her studio.
Phebe Full Bio—300 words
Phebe Phillips is a Texas author best known for her past creation of exquisite stuffed toys sold for 25-years at Neiman Marcus and other retailers. She created Piper the Puppy for the American Red Cross raising $800,000 through Piper’s sales for support to those in need of ARC services. From 1992 – 2010, spanning four U.S. Presidents, thousands of Phebe’s creative stuffed rabbits were used as decorations and donations at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
A fifth generation Texan, she grew up as an only child with a creative mother and business-
minded father in the small town of Gilmer. She graduated in Film and Journalism from Southern Methodist University where she took a writing class with legendary Texas journalist and award-winning author, the late Billy Porterfield, who encouraged her to develop her writer’s voice. Phebe also attended the SMU-in Oxford program where she studied Shakespeare and the Romantic Poets.
Her work for young readers explores positive themes of growth, happiness and overcoming limitations. Her themes are designed for children, yet possess an intellectual depth appealing to adults.
For her adult audience Phebe writes poetry and short stories that illuminate the wonder and perplexity of life. Ending each poem with the word PERIOD is a signature of her work. Her poetry is published in literary publications worldwide. Pilot’s Story, her darkest poem, is published in Beyond the Hill ‘A Stunning Collection of War Poetry’ by Lost Tower Publications. For her personal enjoyment, she produces many of her poems into audio poetry available on her website www.phebephillips.com.
Phebe lives in Dallas with her husband, Mac Hargrove, and a cat named Harold—a striped tabby who walked out of his stray-kitten-life and into her studio.