THE MAGICAL MRS. IPTWEET AND ME, A Story of Life, Quirkiness, and the Magic of Everyday.
Written & illustrated by Barbara Mayfield. Published by indie kids’ literature press Azro Press (Spring 2009) .
Winner of a 2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, a 2009 New Mexico Book Award, the 2006 New Mexico Discovery Award.
Our heroine is nine-and-a-half and her big heart is broken. All of life is dull, sad, and hopeless. Until that windy day in the month of March when a certain Mrs. Iptweet moves into the spooky house at number 406 on boring old Durham Street, where nothing ever happens…
“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, Grants Program & Policy Director, New Mexico Arts, Santa Fe, NM
“…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
“Children often find mentors in life, but Prudence found one that changed her life. “The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me” is a novel following young Prudence Hornby as Mrs. Iptweet moves onto her street and nothing is the same again. An exciting adventure for young readers, sure to instill appreciation for elders and adventure, “The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me” is a top pick.”–Midwest Book Review
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