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Book: Gabby and the Quads by Tina Frisco

Book: Gabby and the Quads by Tina Frisco

categories: Book, New Babies, Multiple Births, Quadruplets, Unique Parenting, Big Families, Sister, Brother, Young Readers, Picture Book, Ethical Children's Fiction, Teaching Children Childcare, Children's Fiction


Tina Frisco

Author Tina Friscoabout this book: When my niece had quadruplets, I was inspired to write a children's book. A child's moral compass develops early, and I wanted to write a book that was not only traditionally educational, but ethically educational as well.

An example of this is what I share about pit bulls. Gabby's family includes two very sweet and gentle pit bulls, so I explain that this is their true nature and that they become mean only if they're abused.

Another unique aspect about the book is the approach Gabby's parents took when introducing her to the impending additions to their family. They wanted Gabby not only to accept the new babies, but also to want to share in caring for them. So they included her in some of the decision-making regarding the quadruplets, which encouraged and fostered her role as Big Sister.

Gabby and the Quads is a fully illustrated picture book, listed for readers ages 2-6; but older children will enjoy it as well. When Gabby first saw the cover, she pointed to herself and said, "That's me!" She then pointed to each of the babies and identified them correctly. No illustrator could ask for a finer tribute.

I wrote the book in one month, and Amy Tokarczyk drew the illustrations in approximately the same amount of time. But publishing was another matter entirely! I'm an indie author and had no experience in uploading illustrations to a publishing website. The biggest problem I encountered was the dpi (dots per inch) of the illustrations -- it wasn't high enough. Rather than have Amy re-scan all 32 illustrations, I searched for downloadable software to accomplish the task. I tried several, but they were either too expensive, too difficult to work with, or didn't perform as needed. So I was relieved and delighted when I found GIMP, free software that performs beautifully and is easy to use. All in all, it took me twice as long to publish the book as it did to write it! But I learned a lot, and for that I am grateful.

I published the book to Amazon's Kindle and CreateSpace in November and December, respectively, 2014. Their cover creator software is easy to use and provided lovely front and back cover displays.

Although based in fact, the book is a work of fiction. I mention this because the topic of multiple births is rare in the genre of children's fiction. And given that kids love reading about babies and other children, I'm sure that Gabby and the Quads will be a delightful reading experience.

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