The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me – a novel for grade-schoolers and the grownups who love them.

A story of Life,


and a Parade.

By Barbara Mayfield (2021 revised edition) on Kindle Vella

An award-winning read-to book for ages 4-6 yrs, and a read-alone story for ages 7-10.

Winner of a New Mexico Discovery Award (2008), a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (2009), and a finalist in the 2009 New Mexico Book Awards Juvenile Fiction.

Published now on Kindle Vella.

Kindle Vella lets an author publish serialized stories in episodes. I’ve uploaded all 18 chapters of this revised (2021) edition. There are author notes and questions for readers after each chapter, and at the end: The Story of How Mrs. Iptweet Got Her Name.

THE FIRST 3 EPISODES ARE FREE TO READ, and you can start right now. There is a small cost to unlock each episode after that.

From readers:

“A masterpiece.” -AJ, Paoli, PA

“…this is like a #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency for the grade-school set. Charming, loving, quiet, and HILARIOUS.”—CHG, California

The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me is full of original characters with voices not heard elsewhere in literature for the young at heart: a nine-and-a-half year old Budding Cartographer, a Recycling Cowgirl Artist, a Classical Banjo Player, and, of course the magical Mrs. Iptweet, part Earth Mother, Part Good Witch. ……while reading I often “felt a giggle start to happen in me” and longed to get out my glitter pens or work on Tapping the Power of the Earth. But this story also has a serious side and there are great lessons in it about dealing with grief, loss, fear, and divorce in creative and nurturing ways….”—Jenice Gharib, Former Director of the Southwest Literary Center

“…a little bit of Mrs. Iptweet lives inside all of us – the desire to help a child grow up strong and independent.” –Jennifer Owings Dewey, Author, Illustrator of 40 children’s books, Orbis Pictus Award winner, Spur Juvenile Non-fiction Award.

“This is a must have.”—Janeen Mason, Author/ Illustrator, Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles!, Winner of the US Maritime Literature Award

“Mrs. Iptweet is a refreshing eccentric….who reminds us that dreaming big is always in season. Barbara Mayfield remembers what the wonder and discovery of nine years old is like.”—Jonathan Richards, Journalist, Actor, Cartoonist, Illustrator

“…home sick in bed, I looked on my bookshelf for something to read and “The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me” said “PICK ME!” I read the whole book cover to cover. It is just outstanding, Barbara! I think it would make an excellent Disney movie! It spoke to and inspired My Wonderful New Life! I can’t wait for the second book, Cherie!” —Gwen Spatzier, Elementary Educator, Musician/Singer

Mayfield Media, LLC P.O.Box 22, Gladwyne, PA 19035 USA

The original soft-cover edition, with 71 B&W line-drawing illustrations is available from the author. (signed if requested) Contact Barbara Mayfield for ordering information.